Smurfit-Stone Earns Sustainable Forestry Initiative Designation

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation's (Chicago) corrugated container plants have earned the SFI Certified Sourcing Label from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative(R), Inc.(SFI).

"Smurfit-Stone has been a long-time SFI member, and this certification is yet another way we demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable packaging practices," said Smurfit-Stone Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Patrick J. Moore. "Our customers, shareholders, employees and the communities in which we operate can be assured that we will always take a leadership role in helping to conserve our natural resources. We are very proud of this designation."

To earn the SFI Certified Sourcing Label, Smurfit-Stone's corrugated container facilities demonstrated the practice of procuring at least two- thirds of the company's packaging raw materials from independent, third-party SFI-certified sources and one-third from other credible sources. These materials could originate from a variety of sources, including:

• Specific forest tracts managed in conformance with the SFI standard or other acceptable standards;
• A procurement system certified to be in conformance with the SFI standard; or a combination of the two.

The SFI standard also requires participants to actively engage in efforts to educate land owners, as well as wood harvesting professionals, on the importance of sustainable forestry practices.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative(R) program is a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance measures developed by professional foresters, conservationists and scientists, among others, that combine the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the long-term protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water.

SOURCE: Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.

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