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Post-It Gets Responsible with Sustainable Forestry Initiative

May 12, 2009
As part of a broad commitment to corporate social responsibility Post-it brands, part of St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M, announced it has achieved the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Chain-of-custody Certification across all Post-it Note and Post-it Easel products that ship out of 3M facilities in the United States.

Chain-of-custody certification means a company has a tracking system in place that identifies the amount of certified, uncertified and recycled content in the forest products a company buys, uses or sells. With more than 160 million acres (65 million hectares) of certified forests across North America, the SFI sustainable forestry certification program is one of the largest in the world, with a standard based on principles and measures that promote responsible environmental behavior and sound forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests with exceptional conservation value.

“SFI Chain-of-custody certification reinforces our environmental commitment with the ability to trace the fiber used to make Post-it products from forest source to final product,” said Jack Truong, vice president and general manager, 3M Office Supplies Division. “This assures consumers that the paper used to make Post-it Note and Post-it Easel products is sourced from well-managed forests where trees are replanted.”

By achieving SFI certification, Post-it brand joins a growing community of companies, landowners, and social and environmental organizations committed to improving forest practices on a global scale.

“Demand for products from well-managed forests is increasing worldwide and with today’s announcement, Post-it brand joins a growing number of companies that are demonstrating their environmental commitment through certification to the SFI program,” said SFI Inc. president and CEO Kathy Abusow. “At a time when just 10 percent of the world’s forests are independently certified, Post-it brand has taken a leadership role by supporting global efforts to improve forest practices.”

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