07 June 2007 | Paul Snell
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Japan has helped Epson produce an ethical paper purchasing policy.
WWF has assisted the Japanese printer and paper manufacturer to establish a new policy that ensures wood used in its paper has not been illegally logged and comes from sustainable sources. It also incorporates previous company guidelines on not using harmful chemicals in the production process.
It will be applied to paper produced in Japan immediately and to that produced overseas by 2008. Epson wants complete compliance with the policy by 2010.
Epson asked WWF for assistance after reading an earlier report by the group on ethical paper procurement. It explored the need for a balance between use and conservation of forests, and how to use wood in a more appropriate way.