Women IPs come together to promote diversity and inclusion in the forestry sector

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, Nov. 22, 2022 /CSRwire/ — The Women’s Forest Congress gives voice to women seeking to address the biggest challenges facing forests and the forest sector, today and in the future. The inaugural event addressed critical topics such as leadership for equity and inclusion, the gender gap and diversity in the sector and workforce opportunities to increase recruitment, retention and the advancement of women and people of color.

As sponsor of the event, IP created a creativity space where attendees could take a break from the conference and use creativity and relaxation through art. IP provided coloring sheets from our in-house “Water is Wonderful” program and canvas paintings which were sent to a local hospital. Women from our fiber sourcing team, government relations and our sustainability manager came together to participate in the Women’s Forestry Congress and advocate for underrepresented voices in the forestry sector. This one-of-a-kind conference welcomed a diverse community and provided a space for women to be heard, listened to and take action for the benefit of forests.

Creativity space of the Women's Forest Congress event

“It’s hard to say how truly moving it was to share a room with so many amazing women, all of whom share a passion for forestry and natural resources,” said Lauryn Watkoske, Fiber Sourcing Associate , Mansfield, La. “Numerous panels at the convention highlighted the challenges women, people of color, and underrepresented groups face in their careers and hobbies, as well as their resounding triumphs and progress made in overcoming them It has been truly an honor to represent International Paper and proudly sponsor what will be a solid first step towards equity and inclusion in the forest sector across the country.

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About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE:IP) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of renewable fiber products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable global trade, as well as pulp for diapers, tissues and other personal care products that promote health and The well-being. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues worldwide. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2021 were $19.4 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting InternationalPaper.com.

About International Paper – EMEA

In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), International Paper focuses on the production and marketing of fiber-based packaging and pulp, employing approximately 4,200 people. As a leading supplier of high-quality corrugated packaging for a multitude of applications, we serve customers throughout the region from our network of two recycled corrugated cardboard factories and 23 box factories in France, in Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. Pulp production is centered in Gdansk, Poland. Other products available from International Paper in the region include Kraft linerboard and recycled corrugated board, as well as pulp.

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