Book Chain Project

Developing a methodology to assess paper mills’ forest-sourcing practices


AFi case study: Book Chain Project


The Book Chain Project (BCP) convenes 28 publishing companies to collaborate on sustainable sourcing of wood fibre for books and periodicals. The BCP used the Accountability Framework to develop a standardized method for assessing the sourcing policies and practices of paper mills. This has resulted in an effective approach to addressing sourcing issues that helps participating publishers manage traceability, social and environmental risk, and supplier engagement.

Initiative: Book Chain Project, run by Carnstone

Commodity: Pulp/paper/timber

Geography: Global

Scope: BCP publishers source from 290 paper mills in 38 countries. As of 2021, the BCP has conducted on-site assessment of 10 mills across Asia and Europe using the methodology in this case study.

Challenge: Enable publishing companies to engage more effectively with hundreds of mills and suppliers to improve their performance on responsible sourcing.

Solution: Used the Accountability Framework to help develop a Mill Assessment Framework to assess supplier performance, guide improvement, and monitor progress over time.