Scott Ltd: Cleaning up the paper chain

Tissues manufacturer Scott is one of a very few businesses to have reported publicly on the results of a systematic environmental assessment of its suppliers. Changes to its supply base have reduced the environmental impacts bought in with its pulp purchases, and Scott is now extending the programme to its forest sources and chemical suppliers. But the firm's endeavours are set to be complicated by forthcoming EC proposals for eco-labelling criteria for tissue products.

The last four years have brought unprecedented environmental challenges for the paper industry. Greenpeace has led an international campaign against chlorine bleaching in pulp manufacture. Paper producers in much of the industrialised world have come under pressure to increase their consumption of recycled fibre. And the industry's afforestation and forest management practices have also come under scrutiny.

With sporadic backing from legi

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