In the last few months, two of the largest newspaper companies in the USA announced significant environmental developments. After ongoing engagement and encouragement from Canopy, both the New York Times and Gannett (USA Today publisher) issued formal policy-statements that explicitly reference endangered forests and endangered species. While Canopy recommended some additional considerations to strengthen both, they are a strong step in the right direction and we are very hopeful that their implementation will lead to greater protection of our world’s remaining forests.
Gannett, publisher of USA Today and 81 other dailies, just released its newspaper purchasing policy, along with a corporate environmental policy and sustainability report. Learn more here
. Gannet’s policy was developed following the launch of Canopy’s Above The Fold
survey, which aims to identify international environmental leaders within the newspaper sector.
Highlights of Gannett's newsprint purchasing policy include a goal is to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, with recycled newsprint being one strategy towards that goal, and a commitment to ensure its newsprint does not contain 'fiber from illegal sources,endangered forests,plantations developed from recently cleared natural forests or endangered species habitats'.
Also fresh off the press,The New York Times Company updated its corporate website
with detail on its commitments to environmental stewardship. This commitment extends to The New York Times, the Boston Globe and the International Herald Tribune and incorporates several key elements brought forward by Canopy.
The New York Times Company’s stewardship highlights include:
Adding specific language about advancing the protection of endangered forests and forests of high carbon value;
Engaging suppliers to reduce the loss of high carbon forests;
Adding specific language about endangered species, controversial sources and intact and old growth forests; and
Strengthening language about FSC so that it is the only certification system mentioned.
Canopy works with over 700 book publishers, newspapers, magazines and printers to create change for our forests, climate and species. Learn more
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