MONTREAL, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Tembec today released its 2011
Sustainability Report, a detailed update that centers on the Company's
sustainable stewardship of resources.
"We are proud of our sustainability achievements and will continue to
maintain responsible business practices that are harmonized with social
and environmental considerations," said James Lopez, Tembec's President
and CEO. "Tembec depends on renewable resources, and we know
forward-thinking stewardship of those resources will ensure a sound
future for all concerned."
The 2011 Sustainability Report focuses on Tembec's approach and results
in five areas: health and safety, forest certification, stakeholder
engagement, energy and greenhouse gases, and air and wastewater
quality. In each of these areas, recent Tembec achievements underline
the Company's commitment to sustainability:
Health & Safety: Tembec has reduced its OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety
Administration) incident rate by 76% since the inception of a health
and safety plan in 2007.
Forest certification: Tembec is one of the few companies with Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification on 100% of the public forestlands under its management.
Earlier this month, Tembec increased its FSC-certified forestlands to
10.8 million hectares, an area more than twice the size of Switzerland.
Certification follows a third-party audit process that shows that
forest management practices comply with stringent FSC forest operations
standards governing environmental and social responsibility.
Stakeholder engagement: Tembec took a leadership role in the multi-stakeholder approach
announced in June 2012 to develop an action plan designed to protect
the woodland caribou, an endangered species, and sustain communities
and forestry businesses in Ontario's northeast.
Energy and greenhouse gases: A $190 million investment now underway at Tembec's flagship
Temiscaming, Québec, facility will increase annual production of green
electricity by up to 40 megawatts, and reduce sulfur dioxide emissions
Air and wastewater quality: In October 2012, our Matane, Quebec high-yield pulp mill became the
third Tembec facility to use an anaerobic wastewater effluent treatment
facility that produces methane biogas, which reduces fossil fuel usage.
The 2011 Sustainability Report, Tembec's first, was developed using the
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) version 3.1 Sustainability Reporting
Tembec is a manufacturer of forest products - lumber, pulp, paper and
specialty cellulose - and a global leader in sustainable forest
management practices. Principal operations are in Canada and France.
Tembec has some 4,000 employees and annual sales of approximately
$2 billion. Tembec is listed on the TSX (TMB).
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of securities laws. Such statements relate, without limitation,
to the Company's or management's objectives, projections, estimates,
expectations or predictions of the future and can be identified by
words such as "may", "will", "could", "anticipate", "estimate",
"expect" and "project", the negative or variations thereof, and
expressions of similar nature. Forward-looking statements are based on
certain assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of its
experience, information available to it and its perception of future
developments. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and
uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in foreign
exchange rates, product selling prices, raw material and operating
costs and other factors identified in the Company's periodic filings
with securities regulatory authorities. Many of these risks are beyond
the control of the Company and, therefore, may cause actual actions or
results to materially differ from those expressed or implied herein.
The forward-looking statements contained herein reflect the Company's
expectations as of the date hereof and are subject to change after such
date. The Company disclaims any intention to update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities
For further information:
Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs
Tel.: 416 775-2819