Results of Russia Environmental Pulp and Paper Company Index 2017
The index was made by Russian National Rating Agency and developed at the initiative of WWF-Russia and participants of the Russian Boreal Forest Platform and results are based on data provided by companies and open source information. The methodology of the Russian index was developed by WWF-Russia in collaboration with Russian forest sector experts and national NGOs, using some key elements of methodology and approach of the Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) developed by WWF International. The Environmental Index 2017 is a significant contribution to the Year of Ecology in Russia as the forest industry has a major impact on the country’s forest resources and the overall environment.
It should be noted that WWF-Russia has not verified the data this year. The index is therefore primarily a measure of the transparency and availability of company data and does not constitute an assessment by WWF-Russia of the environmental impact of companies’ operations.
The overall aim of the Index is to lay the groundwork for reducing the environmental impact of pulp and paper companies, making the development of forests more efficient, increasing the transparency and environmental and social responsibility or companies’ operations. The companies were scored against the following three indicators: use of raw materials from sustainable sources; environmental impact of production processes; environmental management system (EMS), transparency and reporting standards.
“A high level of commercial environmental responsibility is based on reliable and open data. That’s why transparency and availability of ecologically significant information is the key to ensuring the sustainable development of the economy and minimizing the negative impact of the pulp and paper industry on the environment and increasing the competitiveness of Russian timber products on international markets for sustainably-sourced timber. The increased availability and regular analysis of environmental data makes it possible to assess the environmental impact of pulp and paper companies in Russia, and improve industry policies, standards and practices as well as their legal regulation by the authorities,” says Evgeny Shvarts, Director of Conservation Policy, WWF-Russia.
The Russia Environmental Pulp and Paper Company Index
aims to encourage companies to make data on their environmental impact freely
Of the 32 pulp and paper companies in the Russian forest sector that were invited to participate in the Index in 2017, 10 responded positively: Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill, Elopak, Karjala Pulp, Kommunar Paper Mill, Segezha Group, Selenginsky Pulp and Cardboard Mill, Solikamskbumprom, Syktyvkar Tissue Group, Tetra Pak, Troitskaya Paper Mill. Four of them are among the top 10 largest producers in Russia. In total, participating companies account for over 23% of Russia’s pulp and paper production. In Index 2017, they scored between 22.5 and 73.1 points (maximum – 100 points).
WWF-Russia recognizes the leadership in transparency of the participated companies and calls them for continuing tracking of their ecological footprint over time. We welcome the companies’ transparency and readiness to improve their manufacturing and management practices. WWF-Russia hopes that other leading pulp and paper companies in the Russian forest sector will participate in the next index, that the scores of the participants will be higher.
WWF-Russia hopes that NGOs and environmental activists will independently verify this data. If they disagree with individual indicators or the overall findings, they will be able to discuss the real environmental impact of the company’s operations at local, regional, national and international levels.
Companies declined their participation in the Index in 2017*: Atlas – Market, The Consolidated Paper Mills, GOTEK Group, Ilim Group, International Paper, Invest Pulp and Paper Mill, Kama Pulp and Paper Mill, Kartonno-Bumazhniy Mill, Tuymazy, Knauf Petroboard, Mariysky Pulp and Paper Mill, Mayak, Mondi Syktyvkar, National Enterprise Naberezhnochelninsky Paperboard Plant Named After S. P. Titov, Perm Pulp and Paper Company, Proletariy, RK-Grand, SFT Group, Sukhonskiy Pulp and Paper Mill, Syassky Pulp and Paper Mill, Turinsk Pulp and Paper Mill, Vel'giysk Paper Mill, Volga
* The list is provided in alphabetical order and includes companies provided no data or refused from participation in Index in 2017 as on the 15th of February 2018.