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Cascades named one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies


January 23, 2020
By P&PC Staff
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Cascades has landed on the 2020 list of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations, which recognizes companies for their commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

Toronto-based Corporate Knights, an organization that promotes “clean capitalism,” compiles the annual list, whittled down from over 7,000 international companies with revenues exceeding $1 billion.

Cascades ranked #49 and is one of 12 Canadian businesses on the list. It is the only entry out of 100 in the Containers & Packaging category.

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“We have been increasing the number of ESG projects over the years, and our results have been steadily improving,” says Mario Plourde, president and chief executive officer of Cascades.

“We are pleased that our efforts are paying off, and that they are also earning recognition from various third parties and through acknowledgments such as the Global 100 list. We are very proud of this achievement.”

The company has ranked on another Corporate Knights list, the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada, since 2007.

Corporate Knights operates a research division that develops rankings and product ratings based on corporate sustainability.

“I am very pleased with the things we achieve every day and the positive contribution we have made to the industry over the past 55 years,” says Alain Lemaire, executive chairman of the board of directors and co‑founder of Cascades.

“We work upstream to ensure quality input materials from suppliers who share the same values as us. Our dedicated teams are continually improving our processes, and our products are developed with the aim of reducing their environmental footprint to ensure that our customers are satisfied.”

Cascades employs 11,000 people in over 90 production units in North America and Europe.