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Domtar releases sustainability report detailing sustainability priorities


March 31, 2022
By P&PC Staff

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Domtar recently released its latest sustainability report titled “Sustainability priorities: 2030 and beyond”.

In a statement by the company, Domtar notes that it developed its sustainability priorities with the help of its cross-company Environmental, Social and Governance Committee and inputs from various stakeholders.

“We’ve identified six broad priority areas,” says Paige Goff, vice-president for sustainability. “This approach will shape our strategy and specific goals moving forward. They include how we monitor and manage the effects of operations for our employees, customers, suppliers, communities and consumers.”

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Domtar’s sustainability priorities are aligned with its efforts to responsibly use natural resources and reduce the long-term effects of its operations on the natural environment.

Domtar plans on focussing on the following key areas:

Verified fibre sourcing

Domtar will leverage technology to bring enhanced transparency to the sourcing and movement of fibre through its supply chain. It aims at making tomorrow’s fibre certification schemes more cost-effective and predictable. Domtar plans to begin this process while continuing to increase the use of certified fibre by working with landowners and staying at the forefront of forest management best practices.

Net-zero emissions by 2050

Domtar is working to develop a credible pathway to become a net-zero emitter of greenhouse gases by 2050. This effort complements its positive advocacy with governments regarding future climate-related legislation and regulations.

Water stewardship goal by 2030

Domtar has developed a full-cost-of-water model. The next step is to apply that model to all its pulp and paper manufacturing operations as part of its water stewardship roadmap towards 2030. The company will bring the same rigour and discipline that it uses to efficiently manage fuel, chemicals and fibre to its stewardship of water, given the interconnectedness of these vital resources.

Employee safety

Domtar plans on maintaining its safety culture that incorporates industry-leading methods and tools to foster the safe workplace its employees, contractors and visitors deserve. The company will continue to execute awareness and prevention programs to eliminate the potential for life-altering hazards, minimize injury and identify safety risks before they occur. In addition, it will sharpen its focus to reduce the severity of incidents, beyond the scope of the number of incidents.

Community engagement

Domtar will support the communities in which it lives, works and plays through monetary contributions to local programs to provide long-lasting community benefits. It will continue to encourage its employees to volunteer in activities that enhance the well-being of its communities, both in everyday life and in times of extraordinary need.

Diversity and inclusion

Domtar values a workforce that better reflects the diversity of the communities in which it operates and advances a culture of inclusivity in which everyone’s contributions are recognized and appreciated. Together, they strive to become a model of inclusion and diversity in the industry, connecting the company closer to its customers, supplier partners, employees and communities.