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FORESTRY STANDARDS: TEMBEC, ENVIRO GROUP TO WORK TOGETHER


March 1, 2001
By Pulp & Paper Canada

MONTREAL, QC — In what may be described as a trendsetting event, Tembec Inc. has reached an accord with the World Wildlife Fund Canada, a environmental group, to allow stringent third-party audits of…

MONTREAL, QC — In what may be described as a trendsetting event, Tembec Inc. has reached an accord with the World Wildlife Fund Canada, a environmental group, to allow stringent third-party audits of its forestry operations. As the agreement stands, the company commits to certify its 13-million hectares of forests under its management to the standard set by the Mexico-based Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). “Leadership and responsibility go hand-in-hand,” said Frank Dottori, Tembec president and chief executive officer. “We are moving in a direction that is both pioneering and a model of solid forest management practice.”

For his part, Monte Hummel, president of WWF, added, “When the company’s products become certified they deserve recognition and reward in the marketplace.” The FSC norm has widespread support among environmental groups and large retailers like Home Depot.

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About 37 million hectares of Canada’s forests have been certified by one of Canada’s four major standards as of December 31, 2000. Besides the FSC standard, the others are ISO 14001, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)


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