Environment & Sustainability
Canfor and Canfor Pulp share 2021 sustainability report
June 29, 2022 By P&PC Staff
Canfor Corporation and Canfor Pulp Products jointly released the 2021 Sustainability Report with additional performance targets for climate change, water management, waste management and air quality.
The company explained in a statement that this is a continuation of its goal to be an industry leader in sustainability. It also furthers the company’s commitments to sustainable forestry; safety, health and wellness; inclusion and diversity amongst employees, and stronger partnerships with willing Indigenous communities.
“Our vision is to create a future as sustainable as the forests, for people, our products and the planet we all share. Making sustainability a core value in our business is not only the right thing to do for the planet, our people, stakeholders, partners and customers, but it makes us a better company,” said Don Kayne, president and CEO of Canfor Corporation.
“Our employees want to feel proud of the organization where they work and feel an alignment with their values. Our customers want to know that the products they purchase from us are sustainably sourced and responsibly produced. Our strong sustainability practices make us a better partner, a better supplier and a better employer,” he added.
Highlights from 2021:
- Of new hires, 24 percent were from under-represented groups, on track to achieve 33 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2030
- The company will reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 emissions by 42 percent by 2030 and set a science-based reduction target for scope 3 GHG emissions by 2024
- Canfor has committed to set near- and long-term company-wide emission reductions in line with science-based net-zero with the SBTi
- 54 million seedlings were planted in 2021, with more than one billion planted over the last 20 years
- 100 percent of Canfor-managed forests are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or Forest Steward Council (FSC) Forest Management Standards
- 100 percent of U.S. sourced wood is certified to the SFI Fibre Sourcing Standard
- 80 percent of energy consumption in operations is from renewable sources
- Canfor’s Canadian wood products operations’ total spend of 3.4 percent with Indigenous vendors and the company is on track to achieve five percent by 2025
- More than $1.8 million in charitable donations was given to 310 organizations through Canfor’s Good Things Come From Trees program
- Additional targets set for air quality, water management and waste management
Canfor is undertaking a comprehensive process to expand its sustainability actions and associated reporting.
For 2021, the company included disclosures aligned with the recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) standards. This is in addition to continuing to report in accordance with the existing Global Reporting Initiative Standards: Core Option.
“Our reporting has continued to evolve and including TCFD and SASB standards is a further step to increased transparency and in response to the changing standards and expectations for our industry,” said Pat Elliott, CFO and SVP of sustainability.
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