Associations & Memberships

Associations & Memberships

Why Membership Matters

Mercer is a global company that understands that staying connected through active collaboration with associations and initiatives enables us to understand how we can positively impact our stakeholders. As a member of a number of national industry associations, we engage with policymakers on key issues related to climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy, as well as the bio and circular economy.

We believe that active involvement in local and global initiatives is part of our responsibility. Enhancing stakeholder engagement is one of our key sustainability priorities as we actively seek feedback and ideas from our various stakeholders.

  • Coming Together to Promote the Industry

    We wouldn’t be good stewards of our natural resources if we did not work closely with a number of industry-related associations advocating for our operations and everything they do. Both our German and Canadian operations hold memberships and relationships with a wide variety of local, regional, provincial/state, national, and international associations, all of which advocate for pulp and paper, raw wood, timber and sawmills, forest products, energy, and trades. 

    We’re proud of the partnerships we have with our industry associations. So proud, in fact, that a number of the Mercer leadership team hold positions with these associations:

    • Wolfram Ridder, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Government Relations, is a board member of the German Pulp and Paper Industry Association (“Die Papierindustrie”, DPI) and also a member to the finance commission of the BDI (Bund Deutscher Industrie)
    • Wolfgang Beck, Senior Vice President Global Wood Sourcing, is a member of the Board of the German Pulp and Paper Association (“Die Papierindustrie”, DPI), Chairman of the Forestry and Wood Committee (Ausschuss Forst und Holz, AFH) of the German Pulp and Paper Association (“Die Papierindustrie”), a member of the Forestry and Wood Cluster Platform and a member of the Advisory Board of the Agency for Renewable Resources (Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe, FNR).
    • Uwe Bentlage, Vice President Pulp Sales & Marketing for Europe and Managing Director of Mercer Pulp Products, is an elected board member of the FSC® Germany Chamber of Commerce.
    • Dr. Carsten Merforth, Chief Operating Officer Wood Products, is the Vice President of the Main Association of the German Wood and Plastics Processing Industries and Related Industries and Businesses (HDH), Board member of the German Sawmill and Timber Industry Association DeSH e.V. and Spokesman for the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Rohholz e.V. ” (AGR)

    Memberships & Associations

  • Innovation with External Partners

    We know that innovation involves collaboration – working together to create new ideas and solutions for the use of our products and increasing our sustainability efforts, not just for Mercer but for the industry as a whole.

    This too is an area where the Mercer leadership team holds great interest and is reflective of the positions we hold in order to learn and share input:

    • Brian Merwin, Senior Vice President, Mass Timber, is Chairman of Performance Biofilaments.
    • Bill Adams, Vice President Sustainability & Innovation, is a board member of FPInnovations.

    At our Fibre Centre at Mercer Stendal, along with our team’s technical expertise and practical experience, innovation is used to support paper manufacturers in fully exploring the potential of fibres in their manufacturing processes. A key focus in this support comes from the strategic collaboration with customers, external partners, and research institutes and universities.

    Innovation at Mercer

Collaboration, Participation, and Cooperation

As global challenges continue to evolve, Mercer recognizes the paramount importance of genuine collaboration, active participation, and seamless cooperation with our diverse stakeholders, transcending geographical boundaries. We firmly believe that the collective goals of not just one company but all stakeholders are essential in addressing the pressing challenges of our time. This encompasses our employees, customers, investors, suppliers, local and Indigenous communities, governments, non-governmental organizations, media, regulators, and more.

Our shared responsibility is to develop and implement strategic, sustainable climate solutions rooted in the forest across every facet of our operations and the wider industry.

For further information regarding our Industry Associations, please refer to Mercer’s 2022 Sustainability Report, page 98.


  • Partnerships and Sustainable Sourcing

    Partnerships and Sustainable Sourcing

    Guided by Mercer’s Wood and Fibre Procurement Policy principles, our third-party forest management certifications complement the comprehensive and rigorous forest management laws and regulations governing our forest practices in Canada and Germany.

    Together, these underpin our due diligence process to ensure the wood we source comes from certified forests.

    By aligning and complying with rigorous, science-based regulatory frameworks, we add a layer of nature risk management and accountability, driving the assurance that conservation objectives remain central to forest management activities.


  • CCAB and the PAR Program

    CCAB and the PAR Program

    We proudly participate in the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program, as this program aligns seamlessly with our commitment to fostering strong, respectful relationships with Indigenous communities.

    Through PAR, we undergo a rigorous assessment process that evaluates our performance in key areas, including Indigenous employment, business development, community engagement, and cultural competency. This initiative reflects Mercer’s dedication to advancing Indigenous relations practices and contributing to Indigenous peoples’ economic development, cultural preservation, and social progress in Canada.

    PAR with MPR