International Paper

Memphis, United
Invested through
  • Triodos Global Equities Impact Fund
  • Triodos Impact Mixed Fund - Defensive
  • Triodos Impact Mixed Fund - Neutral
  • Triodos Impact Mixed Fund - Offensive
Asset ClassesListed equity
Impact strategyImpact Equities and Bonds
Bloomberg tickerIP US
ISIN codeUS4601461035
Industry groupMaterials
Aligned with SDGs

International Paper is one of the largest global producers of renewable fiber-based packaging, paper and pulp products. The company creates products from responsibly sourced, renewable resources and operates through two business segments: industrial packaging and global cellulose fibers.
The industrial packaging segment creates paperboard packaging products that protect and promote goods, enable worldwide commerce and keep consumers safe for industries such as e-commerce, protein, fruit and vegetables, processed food and beverages and durable and non-durable goods.
The global cellulose fibers segment creates quality cellulose fiber products. Cellulose fiber is a sustainable and renewable raw material, used in everyday products such as diapers, towel and tissue products, feminine care, adult incontinence and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness.

The company mostly operates in North America, but overall serves more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. The company was founded in 1898, and has about 48,000 employees.

Investment rationale

Products and packaging from renewable and recyclable materials are an important part of the transition towards a circular economy, as it replaces materials that are derived from fossil fuels and that are difficult to recycle, such as plastics. International Paper provides cardboard packaging products and cellulose fibers products for everyday hygiene products from recycled sources or from sustainably managed forests. Its contribution to a circular economy is emphasised by its recycling business that collects and processes more than seven million tons of paper annually in the US, making it one of North America’s largest recyclers of recovered office paper and corrugated boxes. Besides that, the company owns forests in the US and Brazil that are sustainably managed forests, following certifications such as FSC or PEFC.