Environment & Sustainability
Fraser Papers East Papers operations attain FSC chain of custody certification.
March 18, 2009 By Pulp & Paper Canada
Fraser Papers Inc. announced this week that its integrated East Papers operations – which include the company’s Mad…
Fraser Papers Inc. announced this week that its integrated East Papers operations – which include the company’s Madawaska, Maine paper mill and the Edmunston pulp mill in New Brunswick – have achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain of custody certification. The East Papers operations established a system to record the flow of fibre from certified sources from the manufacturing process to the finished product. Independent auditors verified that the wood and pulp supply were sourced from responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources.
“The model for environmental stewardship includes recycled paper and forest management. Documenting the source of origin throughout the supply chain ensures the wood and fibre originate from well-managed forests and supports the internationally agreed upon FSC principles of responsible forest management,” said East Papers general manager Jean-Pierre Benoit in a company statement. “The certification process demands a certain level of rigor and discipline. Experience with ISO and SFI certifications enabled our team to quickly modify processes to FSC requirements and build a system with the appropriate level of controls.”
Fraser Papers’ Gorham mill is also FSC certified for chain of custody, and the East Papers operations are registered for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) for wood procurement and fibre sourcing procurement. In addition, all Fraser Papers’ pulp and paper mills are ISO 14001 certified for environmental management.
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