CitySmart likes the transparency that an annual Paper Impact Statement gives us for our commitment to 100% Australian recycled paper procurement. Here’s a brief explainer on how statements work and how to apply for one of your own.

Many companies large and small now have a procurement policy of using locally-made, recycled and/or carbon neutral copy paper to improve their social, economic and environmental footprints. This is positive, but from a reporting perspective it’s important that this impact can be measured and understood.

In response to this need, Victorian-based manufacturing company Australian Paper developed the Tonne of Value program that helps its paper users report their paper consumption impact with credibility and transparency. If your organisation uses a paper brand manufactured by Australian Paper such as Reflex then you qualify to apply for an annual Paper Impact Statement.

What’s in a Paper Impact Statement?

As an example, CitySmart recently applied for and received an annual paper impact statement for our small Brisbane office (you can also see the Statement in PDF format here).

The one-page Statement reads as follows:

CitySmart’s use of more than 152 kilograms of Australian made paper between March 2016 and March 2017 has resulted in the following environmental, social and economic impacts:

Environment

155 kgs of greenhouse gas emissions saved by using NCOS certified Carbon Neutral Paper

Up to 175 kgs of local landfill saved through use of recycled paper made with Australian waste paper

Full compliance with Sustainable Forestry Management certifications (FSC® or PEFC)

49% of energy used generated from renewable sources

Community

Support for more than 5,780 FTE Australian jobs

Support for more than 2,380 regional jobs

Economics

$230 direct contribution to Australia’s economy (GDP)

$110 contribution to regional economies (GDP)

$110 contribution to the revenues of Governments in Australia

What the Statement measures

For every tonne of Australian paper that you specify, you are receiving an independently assured statement of impact against triple bottom line metrics that are consistent with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). GRI is an international independent organisation that helps businesses, governments and other organisations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, resource use and human rights.

The decision to choose Australian-made paper helps take risk out of your supply chain and shows your key stakeholders that you are a responsible organisation – one that aligns its values with responsible actions.

How to request a Paper Impact Statement

First, see the full range of AP brands here. A Statement can only be done for users of these paper brands.

Next, contact Nick Lia, Manager Business Development and Sustainability at Australian Paper to find out what information you need to submit for an annual assessment. Email nick.lia@australianpaper.com.au or phone 03 8540 2300.