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Business Practices

Policy Statements for Chronicle Books Prepared by Green Press Initiative

Chronicle Books is committed to protecting the environment and to the responsible use of natural resources. As a company with paper at the heart of our business, we recognize that the choices we make can help to preserve endangered forests, not only today, but for generations of future readers to come.
To this end, we are dedicated to furthering paper policies that will support the global preservation of endangered forests. We will continue this effort to minimize our environmental footprint as technology and other alternatives evolve.

Responsible Paper Procurement

Chronicle Books is committed to using paper that is made from legally sourced fiber from well-managed forests and to phasing out the use of paper and fiber from controversial sources. By 2016 we will eliminate our use of all fiber for which the sourcing results in social conflict.

We are proud to print our products on responsibly sourced papers, chosen using the Publishers Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing. Moreover, 52% of our total 2014 publishing (up from 45% in 2013), including 100% of the paper used in our standard children’s books, is currently certified to Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standards. FSC certification protects forests by limiting clear-cut size, restricting the use of pesticides and fertilizers, and preventing the conversion of natural forest to tree plantations. FSC is widely recognized by progressive businesses and the environmental community as offering the greatest protections to critical ecosystems, rare forest types, and the rights of workers and indigenous communities where trees are harvested. We will continue to use FSC certified papers whenever practical and will strive over time to increase the percentage of paper we use that is FSC certified.

We will continue to work with our supply chain to help us meet our environmental commitments.
We use the Egmont Paper Rating System* (PDF) in order to evaluate the environmental content of the papers we use, and have enacted due care testing to ensure that the papers we choose do not contain traces of tropical hardwoods in their fiber baskets.

Chronicle Books is also committed to increasing our use of recycled fiber and plan to build achievable targets to this aim in 2014.

Chronicle Books’ use of responsible sourced paper is not limited to book production. Our catalogs are printed on FSC Mixed Source stock. The copier paper used in our offices contains 100% post-consumer recycled fiber and our company letterhead contains 30% post consumer recycled fiber. All janitorial paper products contain at least 50% recycled fiber.

Minimizing Waste

In an effort to minimize total paper consumption, Chronicle Books will evaluate the basis weight of all projects, and where appropriate, we will seek to use lower weight papers. We will also strive to reduce waste by considering production and design elements such as trim size of books to minimize the amount of unused paper.

Chronicle Books will give preference to suppliers that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental protection, and those who will help us achieve the goals outlined in this policy. We will endeavor to maximize the use of paper that has been bleached without the use of chlorine or chlorine compounds and use inks with low contents of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Additionally, Chronicle Books has taken steps to reduce the footprint of our office building. Our office obtains a portion of its electricity from rooftop solar panels. Renovations to the building in 2007 utilized a variety of reclaimed and recycled materials, were designed to take advantage of natural lighting, and included other features to conserve water and energy. The building has been awarded EnergyStar Certification and is recognized by the city as a San Francisco Green Business.

By implementing and promoting the above policy and striving to continue to reduce our environmental impact it is our hope that we will also encourage and inspire our suppliers, peer publishers, and readers to take steps to evaluate and reduce their impact on the environment and conserve natural resources.