Environment & Sustainability
Domtar mill received two awards for sustainable forest management in November
By P&PC Staff
By P&PC Staff
Dec. 6, 2016 – Domtar’s Windsor, Que., mill picked up two accolades last month for sustainable forest management.
Domtar received the large enterprise and institution award at the Fondation Estrienne en Environnement gala for its efforts to reduce its ecological footprint, and a Gold Award at a Quebec Quality Movement trade show celebrating best business practices.
The awards recognize 10 years of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the Domtar forestlands in the region and the company’s innovation and engagement in sustainable forest management.
“Both awards recognize the cooperative work and the impact of the forest in the circular economy,” said André Gravel, fiber manager at the mill. “There is much more to the forest than wood, and the certification aims at a balance between the environment, social responsibility and the economy. Domtar is active in all stages, that is to say from the tree to the sheet of paper. Domtar drives, on a daily basis, the mobilization of Windsor employees and that of about 1,000 entrepreneurs, small-business owners and forest workers towards the same common objective: sustainable management of a renewable resource.”
“Receiving in one week two awards that underline the sustainable development efforts in our fiber supply and our forest management is so wonderful for our people who work hard and passionately to advance the practices,” said Windsor mill manager Eric Ashby. “These efforts resulted in an impressive increase in the volume of FSC-certified paper produced at Windsor, which now reaches close to 50 per cent.”
Located in a small town in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, the Windsor mill became Canada’s first chemical pulp facility in 1864.