Kinko's Adopts New Forest-Based Products Purchasing Policy

Kinko's Adopts New Forest-Based Products Purchasing Policy

Kinko's, Inc. has adopted a new forest-based product procurement policy incorporating a strict set of vendor requirements and establishing a central set of recycled content standards. Rainforest Action Network has hailed Kinko's new policy as one of the most effective and meaningful policies put in place by a company to help protect endangered forests and end old-growth destruction.

The policy was developed with input from prominent environmental groups and suppliers, including RAN and International Paper.

"Kinko's new policy extends our commitment to ensuring we use forest-based products efficiently and we continue to increase the recycled content of the paper and wood products we purchase. It will also ensure that, when we must use virgin materials, they originate from well-managed, non-endangered forests," said Gary Kusin, Kinko's president and chief executive officer.

Six years ago, Kinko's was one of America's first companies to prohibit the use of paper from old-growth forests. Since then, Kinko's has taken the additional steps of increasing recycling standards and setting strict guidelines to ensure its suppliers can guarantee that they are not engaged in the destruction of old growth and endangered forests, conversion of native forests, or using genetically modified trees.

"This environmental purchasing policy takes the needs of both the paper consumer and the environment into account," said Carl Gagliardi, IP's director of environmental business services. "Because Kinko's brought us as a major supplier together in the same forum with environmental NGOs, it could get a balanced perspective on which policies make sense and which don't."

Kinko's new policy is also driven by needs of commercial customers, such as Bank of America, that increasingly favor sustainable business practices.

"The environmental practices and policies of our key suppliers is of great interest and value to Bank of America," said Robert Kee, SVP and Senior Supplier Management at Bank of America. "We appreciate Kinko's leadership and partnership in making sure the products we use at the bank create a sustainable future that delivers value to the triple bottom line of people, profits, and the planet."

Sustainable Forest Management Practices

Kinko's new vendor requirements are believed to be the first time a company has 1) incorporated firm guidelines for the forest management practices of its suppliers and 2) engaged both its vendors and the environmental community to ensure that the company is not aligning itself with suppliers that are logging or distributing products from old growth or endangered forests, converting native forests to tree plantations, or using genetically modified organisms. In addition, suppliers must guarantee and document that none of their supply sources or operations result in the logging of old growth or endangered forests.

Use of Recycled Fiber, Wood and Alternative Materials

Kinko's long-term goal is to increase the average percentage of post-consumer recycled content paper it uses to 30% with goals set annually and usage tracked quarterly. Kinko's goal for 2003 is to increase its post-consumer fiber use by five% in 2003, from an industry-leading 14% to 19%. The policy also provides standards for identifying the use of alternative, non-wood based materials and technologies to reduce paper consumption and waste in its production processes.