IFC supports sustainable businesses along the entire forest product supply chain, from plantations to production of fine furniture and panel products to paper products and construction lumber. Why continue investing in a sometimes controversial industry? IFC plays a critical global leadership role by ensuring that its projects set an example of environmental and social stewardship. Forestry projects highlight the exceptional opportunities for IFC to support triple bottom line activities. They bring: new hope and new jobs to poor communities while reducing pollution, replanting unproductive land and demonstrating that sustainability is good business.
As of June 30, 2011, IFC's portfolio in this sector was $868 million or 28% of IFC's total agribusiness portfolio.