OTTAWA, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - For just the second time in history, a
forestry company has become a member of the Canadian Council for
Aboriginal Business (CCAB). Thanks in part to a strategic partnership
formed between the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, Inc. (SFI) and
CCAB. As Western Canada's largest private timber and land-management
company, TimberWest is proud to continue its commitment to forming
valuable partnerships with Aboriginal business and communities.
"Through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), SFI has leveraged CCAB's Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR)
verification program to help interested SFI Program Participants to
raise the bar in their strategic relationships with Aboriginal
communities," said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. "Both
SFI and CCAB are committed to sustainable forestry and Aboriginal
involvement in the forestry sector."
"Progressive companies such as TimberWest clearly see the opportunity
and understanding that comes from partnerships with organizations such
as the CCAB. We are proud to welcome an important forestry player in
B.C. to our membership," said JP Gladu, President and Chief Executive
Officer of CCAB. "We look forward to their continued leadership working
with Aboriginal business and communities toward improvement in
sustainable forestry that supports building a healthy and prosperous
future for our people."
"This MOU provides us with a fantastic opportunity to work together with
the CCAB to offer a brighter future for Aboriginal communities," said
Brian Frank, President and Chief Executive Officer of TimberWest. "With
the rapidly growing Aboriginal workforce in B.C., we look forward to
strong business opportunities and sustainable relationships with the
TimberWest recently celebrated its 20th year in sustainable forest land management. TimberWest owns approximately 325,400 hectares of private managed forest land on
Vancouver Island and is committed to Vancouver Island communities.
For more information about SFI and its Aboriginal and Tribal relations visit sfiprogram.org.
About SFI Inc.
SFI Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that is solely
responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the
internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®)
program. Across Canada and the United States, more than 100 million
hectares are certified to the SFI forest management standard. In
addition, the SFI program's unique fibre sourcing requirements promote
responsible forest management on all suppliers' lands. SFI
chain-of-custody (COC) certification tracks the percentage of fibre
from certified forests, certified sourcing and post-consumer recycled
content. SFI on-product labels identify both certified sourcing and COC
claims to help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. SFI
Inc. is governed by a three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social and economic sectors equally. Learn
more at sfiprogram.org/ and sfiprogram.org/Buy-SFI/.
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) was founded in 1984
by a small group of visionary business and community leaders led by
Murray Koffler. CCAB is committed to the full participation of
Aboriginal people in Canada's economy. A national non-profit
organization, CCAB offers knowledge, resources, and programs to both
mainstream and Aboriginal owned companies that foster economic
opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses across Canada. Learn
more at ccab.com.
Image with caption: "Chief Michael Harry, Malahat First Nation; Domenico Iannidinardo, TimberWest; and JP Gladu, Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business, in Vancouver to celebrate TimberWest as one of the newest CCAB members. TimberWest is the second forestry company to join CCAB, thanks to a unique strategic partnership between Sustainable Forestry Initiative and CCAB. (CNW Group/Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140501_C6204_PHOTO_EN_39869.jpg
SOURCE: Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
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