Business Issues

Postal Reform As a leading U.S. manufacturer of paper and packaging, International Paper believes that significant reforms are needed to ensure a viable U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and U.S. mailing industry. Ensuring predictable and affordable postage rates for mailers is a critical component of postal reform. This rate stability will encourage advertisers and businesses to use the mail, which is an effective tool for their return on investment, and drive much needed postage revenues for USPS.

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) is currently reviewing USPS’ postage rate structure, as mandated by Congress, to determine if changes are needed going forward to help USPS achieve its mission. Swift Congressional action on postal reform is critical because the PRC is required to consider criteria, like balance sheet implications for USPS, in its rate structure decision. Failure to advance postal reform will come at a cost for all stakeholders, including mailers and their suppliers, because mail will exit the system for alternative marketing solutions and will not return. Learn more here.

Contact Julie Alsup for more information: or 202.628.7252

Recycling Did you know that International Paper is one of the world’s largest recyclers? To that end, we are focused on ensuring that any legislation does not hinder our ability to collect, market or use recycled materials.

Contact Julie Alsup for more information: or 202.628.7252

Paper Bag Bans and Fees In the 2017 fiscal year spending bill, Congress directed the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to jointly ensure that federal policy relating to forest bioenergy is consistent across all departments and agencies; and that the full benefits of forest biomass for energy, conservation, and responsible forest management are recognized. The bill specifically directed these federal agencies to establish clear and simple policies for the utilization of biomass as an energy solution. These include policies that:

  • Reflect the carbon neutrality of forest bioenergy
  • Recognize biomass as a renewable energy source
  • Encourage private investment throughout the biomass supply chain
  • Encourage forest management to improve forest health
  • Recognize state initiatives to use biomass.

Learn more here.

Contact Donna Gehlhaart for more information: or 202.628.1309

Workforce Development As a leading U.S. manufacturer with 35,000 employees across the country, International Paper supports efforts at the state and federal level to implement workforce programs that address career and technical education opportunities. These programs must train students with the critical technical skills sought by local employers. The need for greater state and national investment in the technical skills of the American workforce is more pressing than ever. International Paper is partnering with the National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Roundtable to advance workforce legislation. Learn more here.