International Paper Receives Sustainability Award in Spain

Community of Madrid Awards: International Paper recognized for its long-standing commitment to the circular economy.
Mar 8, 2021 9:00 AM ET

Madrid, Spain, March 8, 2021 /3BL Media/ – International Paper, a global leader in renewable packaging solutions, was recognized for its long-standing commitment to the circular economy during the third edition of the Community of Madrid Awards. The company received the award in the category "Sustainability in Paper and Packaging Solutions" in recognition of the significant sustainability contribution it is making in Spain. More specifically, the award acknowledges International Paper as best in class when it comes to promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, coupled with a strong focus on creating innovative, sustainable and recyclable products that provide lasting value to customers and society.

Granted annually by the national newspaper La Razón, the award series includes a total of 12 awards in different categories, and aims at showcasing and rewarding the expertise, creativity, and effort of those professionals and companies who make the Madrid region a reference in the country and abroad.

Eric Chartrain, Vice President & General Manager for International Paper’s EMEA Packaging business, said “It’s an honor for us to receive this award. Stewardship is deeply embedded in our DNA and at the core of our business. As an essential industry that serves our customers with high quality corrugated packaging, we are proud to be recognized for all our efforts to become one of the most successful, responsible and sustainable companies in the world."

International Paper operates a recycled containerboard mill in Madrid (Fuenlabrada) along with its associated recycling business CARPA, as well as eight corrugated packaging plants across the country. The Madrid Mill was the first European recycled containerboard mill to operate a closed circuit of 100% recycled water, while being self-sufficient in energy production, and additionally generating 10% of biogas in its operations. CARPA is one of the largest collectors of waste paper in the region of Madrid.

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable worldwide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue, and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 48,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2020 were $21 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit

In Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia (EMEA), International Paper focuses on the production and sale of office paper and packaging supplies. The company is the leader in supplying high-quality, coated, and semi-coated varieties of paper, as well as corrugated cardboard packaging for a wide variety of uses. International Paper's net sales in the EMEA region amount to around $2.7 billion in 2020.

In Spain and Portugal, the company employs some 1,500 people. Its facilities include a recycled containerboard mill in Fuenlabrada (Madrid), with associated recycling and collection operations, as well as nine corrugated packaging plants in Barcelona, Bilbao, Gandía, Montblanc, Tavernes, Villalbilla (Madrid), Las Palmas, Tenerife, and Ovar (Portugal).

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