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Ian Lifshitz

North American Director, Asia Pulp and Paper Group

Ian Lifshitz is the sustainability director for the Americas for <a href="http://www.asiapulppaper.com" rel="nofollow">Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP)</a>. 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.
Giving Back To The Forests That Give So

Giving Back To The Forests That Give So Much

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 a tendency to exploit its natural resources.
03/21/2017 11:39 EDT
Putting A Price On Nature Will Turn Climate Commitment Into

Putting A Price On Nature Will Turn Climate Commitment Into Action

A major element towards success is accountability -- making sure governments and the private sector play their part. Asia Pulp &Paper is advocating "putting a price on nature." This will encourage private sector involvement. Businesses need to be economically invested in the survival and protection of our landscapes.
12/07/2016 11:23 EST
Collaboration Is Critical For Forest

Collaboration Is Critical For Forest Conservation

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 affiliate of the UN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
09/02/2016 10:10 EDT
5 Key Facts And Figures To Celebrate World Environment

5 Key Facts And Figures To Celebrate World Environment Day

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 and to become agents of change."
05/30/2016 01:05 EDT
Protecting The World's Forests Needs To Be A Top Priority at

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

The world needs the leaders to agree to a shared vision, matched by commitments, so that all of us -- the industry, governments, civil society and consumers -- can work together to halt and reverse the demise of the world's precious forests. We cannot stand by idly hoping to reverse recent devastation.
12/02/2015 12:10 EST
Why it Pays off to Be Transparent in

Why it Pays off to Be Transparent in Business

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.
07/29/2015 06:30 EDT
How Companies Are Striving for Deforestation-Free Supply

How Companies Are Striving for Deforestation-Free Supply Chains

Companies in a variety of sectors are not letting potential challenges hinder their efforts to achieve a deforestation-free supply chain, however. Rather than allowing potential roadblocks to hamper sustainability efforts, corporations are harnessing technological innovations to achieve environmental and business objectives.
05/25/2015 05:43 EDT
Earth Day Should Be 364 Days a

Earth Day Should Be 364 Days a Year

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 Earth Day can't be ignored the other 364 days of the year.
04/22/2015 05:54 EDT
Why You Shouldn't Skip This Important

Why You Shouldn't Skip This Important Audit

While auditing your global supply chain may at first glance appear to be a costly, time consuming and seemingly insurmountable process, an existing infrastructure of widely available tools and resources affords companies the opportunity to do this audit efficiently and effectively.
02/20/2015 05:02 EST
Green for the

Green for the Holidays

These days, filling a large green plastic bag with paper and boxes is virtually unheard of in Canada. Thankfully. There is greater thought and consideration behind the reuse of products and how we can adopt more sustainable practices when celebrating our holiday festivities.
12/17/2014 05:46 EST
Stop the Struggle: It's Time for Frustration-Free

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

With the holidays just around the corner, this got me thinking about the issue of "frustration-free" packaging. Not only is complex wrapping simply no fun for the kids receiving gifts packaged in such a manner, the fact is it's a much larger issue for the most rapidly growing segment of our population -- older adults.
12/03/2014 05:51 EST
How Small Businesses Affect the Future of Sustainable

How Small Businesses Affect the Future of Sustainable Sourcing

With more and more attention focused on global environment and climate change, stakeholders (citizenry at large) are hungry for actionable solutions and real commitments. As companies start to more and more define their supply chains with sustainability as a core value, transparency and accountability in these efforts will be increasingly critical.
10/18/2014 11:25 EDT
A Step Towards Ending Global Forest

A Step Towards Ending Global Forest Loss

The New York Declaration on Forests represents an unprecedented effort by developed and developing countries to partner around a shared goal of ending global forest loss and committing to a concrete timeline to realize their goal to accomplish this goal.
09/24/2014 12:32 EDT
Food Packaging Trends That Tread More Lightly on the

Food Packaging Trends That Tread More Lightly on the Planet

As environmentally conscious consumers increasingly demand more sustainable packaging, we are seeing significant innovation in food industry packaging. With that, we see five emerging trends that we expect to continue and grow in coming years.
03/27/2014 12:19 EDT
Moving Toward Our Goal of Zero

Moving Toward Our Goal of Zero Deforestation

One year ago Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), immediately halting all natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain. Specifically, we outlined four key priorities for 2014 to engage our broader industry and other sectors to help accelerate the realization of zero deforestation.
02/27/2014 04:08 EST
Shop Online to Help the

Shop Online to Help the Environment

As retailers expand their online sales capabilities in response to consumer demand, there are five key ways they can educate their customers in understanding the reduced environmental impact from shopping online.
01/17/2014 08:02 EST
Creating a Global Platform for

Creating a Global Platform for Sustainability

Earlier this fall I participated in a panel at the Toronto Board of Trade about "Achieving a sustainable and responsible global sourcing policy." Given their supply chain power, companies must continually advance more sustainable practices and must be reinforced by benchmarking transparency standards. In practice, what does this mean?
11/12/2013 06:04 EST
It's Time to Start Thinking About Corporate Social

It's Time to Start Thinking About Corporate Social Responsibility

Ultimately, creating a Corporate Social Responsibility policy may seem like a daunting, distant proposition. But if your company is committed to upholding far-reaching and long-term sustainability standards, it's best to be clear about what that means and demonstrate that commitment by weaving it into your corporate DNA early on.
08/08/2013 05:26 EDT