“Indigenous peoples have the right, recognised in international law, to give or withhold consent to planned developments that will affect them, and more and more pulp and paper companies are committing to respect these rights along with the rights of local communities affected by their operations. Implementation of these social commitments and proposed remedies for past harms are, however, proceeding slowly.”
Millions of hectares of forest peoples’ lands have been taken over for pulpwood plantations including in Brazil, Chile, Indonesia and North America leading to land disputes, social conflicts and impoverishment. However, due to NGO campaigns, there is growing market demand for conflict-free pulp and paper.
Ensuring social responsibility in the global paper industry would aid indigenous peoples’ struggle to have their rights respected in pulpwood producing regions, and would see additional positive impacts – in rural economy, health, and water.
The State of the Global Paper Industry 2018; Shifting Seas: New Challenges and Opportunities for Forests, People and the Climate, has been published to present an analysis of the world’s pulp and paper industry, and the social and environmental risks and opportunities facing it.