Community & Sustainability

Commitment 12: Plant 2 million trees on behalf of our customers

What’s the issue?

Trees play a critical role in managing climate change by capturing and storing climate-warming greenhouse gases. However, in Australia, we are losing trees at an alarming rate, andin some regions, up to 85% of the natural landscape has been lost. Not only is this concerning when it comes to climate change, but it also means that native wildlife is being significantly impacted by habitat loss.

What are we doing?

We have a big goal – to plant two million trees by 2025, with the help of our customers and partners. We will achieve this through our ongoing commitment to our Restoring Australia initiative, in which we plant two trees for every one used, based on the weight of paper products purchased by our customers. On top of this, we’ll work with our partner Greening Australia to restore 2,500 hectares of land to improve and protect natural habitats for Australia's threatened and endangered species.

The story so far

In 2017, we launched our Restoring Australia program which has resulted in 680,000 trees being planted and 1,500 hectares of land being restored over the past three years. Once these trees reach maturity, the positive collective impact of these new trees is the equivalent of taking 139,000 cars off the road for a year.

The program now has 15 planting sites across Australia – and these efforts are already seeing wildlife return to their natural areas. A recent sighting of the very rare and nationally endangered Australian Painted Snipe at our wetland restoration site at Mungalla Station, Queensland, is just one example of the impact that this restoration work is having.

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Learn more about another 2025 commitment

How are we going so far? Find out in our 2019-2020 report.