As a publishing company, Wiley relies on paper in the production of our products. In fact, paper is at the very heart of what we do. We recognize our responsibility to select partners that utilize the highest standards of sustainable, clean, and efficient paper production. It follows that establishing company-wide paper procurement and ethical supply chain policies has been a focus of ours.
In 2008, with guidance from stakeholders, industry trade associations, and third-party certifiers, Wiley established global guidelines for environmentally favorable paper sourcing and procurement strategies. These guidelines were later cited by the Forest Products Association of Canada (Green Procurement Briefing Paper, November 2009) as a paper procurement model that effectively employs a life-cycle approach.
In addition to instating an internal paper procurement policy, we expect our partners to have stated policies that assure compliance with local environmental laws and regulations. Wiley encourages the ISO 14001 environmental management standard among suppliers as a means of managing the positive and negative impacts of their operations. Each supplier must have in place a comprehensive program of sustainable forest management certified by one or more recognized standards, such as The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) internationally, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) in the United States and Canada. Compliance with these standards helps us determine a supplier's commitment to the environment and assures us that rules are in place to govern non-acceptance of wood from illegal or sensitive forest sources.
As important as the mills we buy from are the grades of paper we select and use. Wiley's preference is for paper manufactured without the use of elemental chlorine. Where process permits, we use totally chlorine-free papers. We also use paper produced by high-yield pulp processes, and, where applicable, of a lighter weight. These actions in turn require less wood from forests and lead to lower production and transportation energy requirements. In 2010, by adhering to these standards and optimizing trim and roll size, we saved an estimated 275,000 pounds of paper.