Major Players in North America's Office Supply Industry Take Action To Help Safeguard Canada's Forests



    Time for Logging Companies and Canadian Governments To Get On Side With
    Greening Market

    TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - Recent discussions with the major players in the
office supply sector - North America's largest paper consuming industry - have
resulted in significant environmental gains for Canada's forests, ForestEthics
announced today.
    Staples is eliminating from its supply chain all fiber from endangered
forests in Alberta's Foothills and Abitibi's Quebec's Boreal Forest, while
FedEx Kinkos eliminated fiber from a mill that was getting wood from British
Columbia's mountain caribou habitat. Staples also committed to have the
majority of their paper FSC certified by 2010, and Corporate Express adopted a
new environmental policy that includes a preference for FSC certified paper.
    These and other environmental advances are outlined in a new report
entitled Green Grades: A Report Card on the Paper Practices of the Office
Supply Sector released today in Canada and the U.S. by ForestEthics and
Dogwood Alliance. The report examines the forest-related paper practices of
the five largest office supply companies: FedEx Kinko's, Staples, Office
Depot, Corporate Express, and OfficeMax, which owns Grand and Toy.
    "We gave each company a chance to improve their grades before we released
our report and Staples, FedEx Kinko's and Corporate Express all responded,"
said Tzeporah Berman, strategic director of ForestEthics. "The progress we've
made represents a significant shift toward environmental responsibility, but
there's still work to be done. Some of the companies, most notably OfficeMax,
are lagging behind, while all of the companies have room to improve."
    Each of the five companies has been engaged in discussions with the two
environmental groups, which resulted, among other advances, in several new
environmental commitments for Canada's forests.
    "This report is a wake up call for the forest industry in Canada and
decision makers from Ontario to British Columbia. Greater forest protection
along with the expansion of logging certified by the Forest Stewardship
Council are critical to ensure Canada's forest industry stays relevant in the
greening market," added Berman.
    The report also highlights ongoing controversy over logging in threatened
woodland caribou habitat in Quebec and Ontario and conflicts with First
Nations such as Grassy Narrows.
    To read the report and see how each company fared, visit
www.forestethics.org/greengrades.





For further information:

For further information: Tzeporah Berman, ForestEthics, (604) 313-4713;
Gillian McEachern, ForestEthics, (416) 938-6032

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