Three years ago, RAN alerted the publishing industry to major, systemic problems in its supply chains, including rainforest destruction, human rights abuses and climate pollution. Since that time, many book publishers have made commitments to stop using paper in their books linked to the destruction of Indonesian rainforests and violations of human rights. Since these public statements were issued, RAN has continued to monitor the progress of these commitments and has remained engaged with individual publishers to encourage thorough implementation of these policies. Earlier this year, RAN asked these publishers to complete a comprehensive survey to allow us to evaluate the publishing sector’s progress in eliminating deforestation and human rights abuses from its supply chains.
When a company makes a commitment or releases a policy, it’s not the end but the beginning of making real change happen. The true work is in making these commitments a part of the everyday operations of a company. This is what makes for a true difference for species and communities in the real world.
While this process of implementation is far from over, one company, Scholastic, has emerged as a clear leader in the publishing industry.
Scholastic has shown that it is taking its commitment on paper and forests very seriously. Digging into its supply chain, Scholastic conducts rigorous, thorough and independent fiber testing to ensure that it is eliminating controversial Indonesian fiber from its supply chain. And it advocates for the forests by driving change with printers, mills and other vendors. Scholastic continues to set a high bar for itself by setting ambitious goals and eliminating controversial fiber and suppliers (including from high risk regions like Indonesia).
As part of our analysis of progress in the publishing sector, RAN is providing information to people that care about forests and communities. Based on the results of our survey and independent fiber tests we commissioned on Scholastic books, we believe the company’s books to be Rainforest-Safe and a responsible choice for conscientious book buyers.