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

Earth Day Is The Reminder We Need

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 12:58 PM

For over 40 years, citizens of the world have come together to celebrate Earth Day, demonstrating their support for environmental protection. This year was no different.

Canadians have always been at the forefront on the movement to protect the environment and fight climate change. Last year, federal politicians...

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Giving Back To The Forests That Give So Much

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2017 | 11:39 AM

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is one of the most widely read children's books of all time. It follows the evolving relationship of a boy and a tree through their lives. Many interpret the tree as Mother Nature and the boy as humanity demonstrating how society has...

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Putting A Price On Nature Will Turn Climate Commitment Into Action

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 10:23 AM

APP seeks to solidify approach to forest conservation at COP22

Countries around the world made significant progress last month in working towards the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) now offers a great opportunity for...

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Collaboration Is Critical For Forest Conservation

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2016 | 10:10 AM

As the eyes of the world move away from the medals table in Rio, for those of us in the sustainability business our focus shifts to Honolulu for the World Conservation Congress. Like the Olympics this is a big deal. Meeting once every four years, it is hosted by an...

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5 Key Facts And Figures To Celebrate World Environment Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 1:05 PM

On June 6, much of the world will be celebrating World Environment Day, the annual United Nations day to raise awareness and action for the environment. As the UN puts it, World Environment Day is an "opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth...

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

(4) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 11:09 AM

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 | 6:37 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 | 5:43 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 | 5:54 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 | 4:02 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 | 4:46 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 | 4:52 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 | 11:25 AM

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 | 12:32 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 | 12:19 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 | 3:11 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 | 7:02 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 | 5:04 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 | 5:26 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 | 5:32 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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