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The PrintReleaf Standard outlines the operational, financial, and organizational requirements for members of our network of certified Global Forestry Partners.

We have taken great measure to ensure authenticity, transparency, and security by developing the PrintReleaf Standard, the industry’s first standard for reforesting paper consumption.

About the PrintReleaf Standard

The PrintReleaf Standard, established by leading print and forestry experts, is an open and public document which outlines the minimum requirements to achieve certification as a PrintReleaf Global Forestry Partner as well as the verification process to ensure survivability of all newly planted forests.

Third party audit and veri­fication processes are administered by SGS International. Customers can be certain that the volume and survivability of trees planted by PrintReleaf’s Certified Global Reforesta­tion Partners is accurate and authentic.

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Certifying Body

SGS International certifies our Global Forestry Partners and leads field audits across our network of projects to verify 100% net survivability of our forests. All projects are liable to replant any loss short of 100% net survivability over an ongoing 8 year audit cycle.


About SGS International

SGS International is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity, we employ over 70,000 people and operate a network of more than 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.



Certification

PrintReleaf has a two-phased approach to certification: Organizational Certification and Project Certification. The following sections outline the basic requirements derived from the PrintReleaf Standard which represents the cornerstone of the PrintReleaf system.


Organizational Certification

Our Global Forestry Partners initially attain PrintReleaf Certification as an organization. Our certifying body, SGS International, administers an audit to ensure our partners meet the organizational requirements outlined in the PrintReleaf Standard. At a high level, the PrintReleaf Standard requires that our partners:

  • demonstrate a track record and expertise in forestry best practices
  • a thorough understanding of the PrintReleaf Standard
  • are transparent with their reporting
  • are financially stable and healthy
  • evidence right to land; right to plant trees upon on the land

Project Certification

Many of our Global Forestry Partners manage one or more reforestation projects, i.e., geographic restoration areas where they plant net-new trees back into our global forestry system. As part of the organizational audit, SGS International also requires specific project details meet the minimum requirements of the PrintReleaf Standard, namely:

  • evidence of project management on site at the project with reporting responsibility to organizational headquarters
  • detailed awareness of the project requirements specified in the PrintReleaf Standard
  • a track record of forest management expertise at the respective project
  • attention to quantitative tree planting requirements
  • attention to species allocation and corresponding survival rates
  • awareness to meet tree planting timeframe requirements relative to each quarterly PrintReleaf project transaction

Application of The Standard

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Step One

Measure

PrintReleaf measures your paper consumption over time, calculating how many trees were deforested to harvest your paper footprint.

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Step Two

Certify

At the end of each month, 100% of your paper footprint is certifiably reforested at projects of your choice.

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Step Three

Verify

Over the next eight years, SGS International, our certifying body, performs an audit to verify 100% net survivability of your forest.

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Through PrintReleaf, paper consumption is measured and trees are automatically reforested across our global network of certified reforestation projects to continually offset a customer’s environmental impact.

PrintReleaf guarantees every sheet of paper a customer consumes will be reforested at a rate of 8,333 sheets of standard letter (8.5 × 11" 20lb paper) or 37.16kg per tree (40ft height × 7in width or 12.192m × 0.1778m).

This open-source formula is widely and generally accepted as the industry standard as established by the Environmental Paper Network. The Environmental Paper Network is a coalition of over one hundred global organizations including the Environmental Defense Fund and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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PrintReleaf certifies the reforestation of each customer’s forest footprint according to the measurement and calculations defined in the PrintReleaf Standard.

When their forest footprint is reforested, customers are issued certificates for trees planted at reforestation projects of their choice.

These certificates serve as living documents which are automatically updated when the trees are planted, audited, and verified survived over an eight year timeline.

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Certificates are living documents which are automatically updated.

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We have developed a rigorous audit process with our certifying body, SGS International, a leading global forestry auditor with expertise in Chain of Custody (CoC) certification, to uphold and maintain the integrity of the PrintReleaf Standard.

Each reforestation project is audited over an eight year verification timeline to ensure 100% net survivability of trees. From the time of planting through the final audit, customers have transparent visibility on the timing and success of each audit during the entire process.

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