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Status categories

Status categories

Rated products are listed in the Rated Papers in two different status categories:

  • Audited: These ratings have been checked and audited by an independent third-party auditor, meaning that their credibility is at very high level. Audited rates are always listed first in our Rated Papers, and we strongly encourage paper companies to assign third-party auditors to verify their ratings, and paper buyers to give preference to audited paper products. Paper merchants and other distributors are always required for an independent third-party auditing.
  • Provisional: These ratings have not been third-party audited. Information has been received from the paper producer or other actors in the paper value chain with reference to published data. WWF does not take any responsibility for this information.

If you have rated a paper product you may also choose to keep your ratings confidential and not publish them at all, even with a provisional status. But to support the transparency of paper production, WWF encourages users to publish all ratings they conduct.