WASHINGTON, DC , 19 October 2015 (Press Release) -American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's proclamation recognizing National Forest Products Week.
"President Obama's proclamation for National Forest Products Week gives us an opportunity to pause and celebrate the many ways in which paper and wood products enrich our daily lives. Hardly a moment passes where paper's presence isn't felt at home, work, school and everywhere in between.
"Paper and wood products companies are the mainstay of many communities across America. Employing nearly 900,000 men and women, our supply chain provides family-wage jobs and is among the top 10 manufacturing employers in 47 states. Our products make today's ‘on-the-go' lifestyle possible with packaging products that are made using sustainable practices that provide significant carbon-reducing benefits to the atmosphere, while preserving the best of paper-based communications and innovating with wood-based construction techniques.
"AF&PA members use innovative and highly-efficient processes to make the products that Americans rely on every day. Their voluntary efforts have resulted in countless and continued environmental improvements over the years, demonstrating the industry as a leader in sustainability. And with goals in place to push further improvements, the future is exciting for paper, packaging and wood products."
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states.