Ian Lifshitz
Ian Lifshitz is the sustainability director for the Americas for Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP). He is responsible for leading the company's sustainability and related stakeholder engagement programs across Canada, the United States, and South America. Ian is also charged with leading the company's North American CSR activities, translating and communicating many of APP's successful conservation, biodiversity and social community programs to North American audiences.

Entries by Ian Lifshitz

Protecting The World's Forests Needs To Be A Top Priority at COP21

(4) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 12:09 PM

This week, many of the world's leaders are gathered in Paris as part of the COP21 climate negotiations to discuss the role of forests within the broader climate debate. This is a critical moment. COP21 is the last opportunity for the world to reach a legally binding agreement...

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Why it Pays off to Be Transparent in Business

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 7:37 PM

Transparency is one of those words that is constantly thrown around in the business world. Many companies make claims of an increased commitment to transparency, but approach these promises under the simplest definition: openness and honesty in business practice. However, companies can fall short when it comes to...

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How Companies Are Striving for Deforestation-Free Supply Chains

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 6:43 PM

Consumer demand for eco-conscious products and services is on the rise, and more and more large companies are making high-profile commitments to end deforestation in their supply chains as a result. Given the size and scope of these corporations, it will take not only the corporate will to make the...

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Earth Day Should Be 364 Days a Year

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 6:54 PM

Earth Day is an important date on the calendar that puts the spotlight back on the planet. However, as we all grow more interconnected around the world with a greater ability to have an impact -- both positive and negative -- it's equally important to recognize that the principles of...

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Why You Shouldn't Skip This Important Audit

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 5:02 PM

Last fall at the UN's "Climate Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action," more than 150 governments, businesses, NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, and Indigenous Peoples endorsed a declaration to help safeguard the world's forests and tackle climate change in signing The New York Declaration on Forests.

Achieving the...

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Canadians Are Going Green for the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 5:46 PM

For many, as the song goes, it's the most wonderful time of the year. There are parties, food and beverages, and gifts. The latter remains one of the pillars of the season for children of all ages.

Not too long ago, it wasn't uncommon for families to gather...

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Stop the Struggle: It's Time for Frustration-Free Packaging

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:52 PM

At his son's last birthday party, my colleague watched as his five-year-old, faced with a pile of gifts, excitedly tore through the wrapping paper like it was, well, paper. In mere seconds, the boy found out he got a new set of building blocks and a new outer space themed...

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How Small Businesses Affect the Future of Sustainable Sourcing

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 12:25 PM

With Small Business Week taking place October 19-25, much attention will be focused on the role of Canada's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), which make up 99.9 per cent of our country's 1.1 million businesses.

While smaller in size individually, their potential collective impact is...

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A Step Towards Ending Global Forest Loss

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 1:32 PM

On September 23, 2014, at the UN "Climate Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action," more than 150 governments, businesses, NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, and Indigenous Peoples world endorsed a declaration to help safeguard the world's forests and tackle climate change. The New York Declaration on Forests represents an...

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Food Packaging Trends That Tread More Lightly on the Planet

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:19 PM

As environmentally conscious consumers increasingly demand more sustainable packaging, we are seeing significant innovation in food industry packaging. Package developers are driving down unnecessary waste, ensuring packaging is useful for extended purposes, improving transparency through certification commitments and in educating consumers on how to dispose of packaging after at end...

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Moving Toward Our Goal of Zero Deforestation

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 4:11 PM

One year ago Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), immediately halting all natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain. The FCP also outlined steps the company would take to fulfill a new promise of unprecedented commitment to sustainability practices.

This commitment came...

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Shop Online to Help the Environment

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 8:02 AM

The 2013 holiday season underscored a fundamental shift by Canadians in shopping online.

Three in four Canadians approached the holidays expecting to purchase items online. Canadian online sales increased 29.33 per cent on Cyber Monday compared to 2012, with online sales growth outpacing traditional retail, and...

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Creating a Global Platform for Sustainability

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 6:04 PM

Earlier this fall I participated in a panel at the Toronto Board of Trade about "Achieving a sustainable and responsible global sourcing policy."

This was the Board's first panel on sustainability and given strong attendee interest, it won't be the last. And that's essential. Given...

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It's Time to Start Thinking About Corporate Social Responsibility

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 6:26 PM

New or small businesses may think of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs as something belonging in the domain of larger companies.

CSR policies speak to how a company will not only comply with legal and ethical standards, but also go beyond -- perhaps, by engaging in further social and/or...

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and the Fourth R

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 6:32 PM

Many of us grew up in a time when we finished with a piece of paper, crumpled it up and tossed it into a waste paper basket.

Then recycling bins came along. And with it a message of reduce, reuse and recycle.


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Global Standards and International Industries

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 4:13 PM

We often hear the expression "global village", however the many differences from one region to another mean very different legal frameworks from country to country.

This can mean the legality of a product, for instance, may not be consistent from one place to another and a company operating internationally must...

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Beautiful Packaging Shouldn't Be Ugly for the Planet

(3) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 5:53 PM

When sustainability was in its infancy, there was only one way for packaging to be "green" -- through recycling. It was easy to tell packaging was recycled because of its visible fibres or a brown colour. For shoppers, this colour and those fibres "proved" the packaging was recycled and therefore...

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A "Green Label" Doesn't Mean a Sustainable Product

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 6:35 PM

One of the hottest topics today for business and consumers is environmental sustainability...but what does that really mean? Consumers want to know the companies they give their business to are acting responsibly and are not making products that come from questionable or non‐environmentally friendly sources.

In recent years, there's been...

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