Walt Disney was recently commended by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) due to the house of mouse’s commitment to changing its policy on sourcing paper products, in order to eliminate the use of paper connected to the destruction of forests and endangered animals, such as the products from controversial paper giants Asia Pulp and Paper and Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings. The new policy will apply to Disney’s extensive operations and those of its licensees.
The new paper policy was borne out of two years of talks between RAN and Disney execs. It will result in Disney joining eight other US Publishers such as Scholastic, Hachette, Pearson/Penguin, Candlewick Press, Houghton Miffin Harcourt, MacMillan, Random House, and Simon & Schuster. The new paper policy will apply to Disney’s entire global operations and its supply chains.
“The paper policy is an example of how Disney conducts business in an environmentally and socially responsible way, and demonstrates the Company’s commitment to creating a lasting, positive impact on ecosystems and communities worldwide,” said Dr. Beth Stevens, senior vice president, Disney Corporate Citizenship, Environment and Conservation.