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Agreement promotes forest management to world-leading Forest Stewardship
Partners to encourage public adoption of FSC-certified products like the
Domtar EarthChoice(R) line of environmentally responsible papers
TORONTO, April 26 /CNW Telbec/ - WWF-Canada and Domtar have taken their
partnership to new heights with an ambitious agreement that solidifies their
joint commitment to ensuring the long-term conservation of the Canadian boreal
forest, a globally significant forest region. Through this agreement,
WWF-Canada - one of the world's leading conservation organizations - will work
with Domtar on the following areas:
- To pursue FSC certification, the highest forest certification standard
globally, for all Domtar-managed forestland in Canada;
- To identify important areas for protection on Domtar-managed lands;
- To promote FSC-certified environmentally responsible papers, such as
Domtar's EarthChoice(R) line.
This agreement marks an important milestone for both organizations that
serves as a testament to the impact of collaborative business-NGO
partnerships, which benefit both business and the environment.
"Domtar's commitment to sustainable forest management has long been one
of the cornerstones of our business strategy," affirmed Raymond Royer,
President and CEO of Domtar. "This new agreement will enable us to bring our
commitment a step further by working in partnership with WWF-Canada to
continue implementing FSC certification, to protect the long-term health of
these forestlands, and to encourage public adoption of FSC-certified products
like the Domtar EarthChoice line of papers."
Domtar has been working in partnership with WWF-Canada since
November 2003 when it became the first Canadian-based fine papers company to
pledge to certify all of its forests and mills to the rigorous FSC standard.
Since then, Domtar has achieved FSC certification for 5 million hectares of
its forestland, setting an example for others to follow in meeting the
challenges of sustainable forest management. The company has also already
voluntarily identified areas for protection equivalent to three times the size
of Toronto, in addition to government regulated protected areas in their
forests. Through this agreement, Domtar and WWF-Canada will continue to
identify additional areas for protection within the boreal forest.
"A key part of this agreement involves the joint identification of areas
for protection on lands managed by Domtar in the boreal forest, a region that
plays a vital role on a global scale for carbon storage, regulating water
supply, and providing a home for plants and animals," said Mike Russill,
President and CEO, WWF-Canada. "Our partnership with Domtar will also address
the management of important conservation values and habitat for key species
such as caribou."
Responsible purchasing with Domtar EarthChoice
Responsible purchasing is on the rise in North America as a growing
number of corporations and consumers give preference to products that support
socially and environmentally responsible practices. Now, more than ever,
business leaders and consumers can be assured that they are making a
responsible choice when they select paper that is FSC-certified - the only
standard endorsed by 85 of the world's leading environmental groups.
"We believe that internationally recognized, third-party certification of
all our activities is the most effective means to provide our customers with
objective assurance that the products they purchase come from forests that are
managed in a responsible and sustainable way," added Domtar CEO Raymond Royer.
"Our line of Domtar EarthChoice papers bridges the gap between sustainability
and recycling by ensuring that both the virgin fibre and recycled fibre in our
papers are FSC-certified."
Domtar supports CN Tower Climb to help fight global warming
To symbolize the "new heights" reached by this agreement, the Domtar
EarthChoice team will join WWF-Canada CEO Mike Russill on Saturday April 28 to
climb the stairs of the CN Tower. They will be joined by 5,000 Canadians for
WWF-Canada's most important fundraising event, which aims to fight global
warming, the single biggest environmental threat facing our world today.
Founded in 1967, WWF-Canada has become one of the country's leading
conservation organizations, enjoying the active support of more than 100,000
Canadians. WWF-Canada's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's
natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with
nature by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring the use of
renewable natural resources is sustainable and promoting the reduction of
pollution and wasteful consumption. To learn more, visit www.wwf.ca.
About Domtar Corporation
Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX: UFS) is the largest integrated producer of
uncoated freesheet paper and one of the largest manufacturers of papergrade
market pulp in North America. The company designs, manufactures, markets, and
distributes a wide range of business, commercial printing, publication, and
technical and specialty papers under recognized brands such as First
Choice (R), Domtar Microprint(R), Windsor Offset(R), Cougar(R), as well as its
full line of environmentally and socially responsible papers, Domtar
EarthChoice (R). Domtar owns and operates Domtar Distribution Group, an
extensive network of strategically located paper distribution facilities.
Domtar also produces lumber and other specialty and industrial wood products.
The Company employs nearly 14,000 people (more than 7,000 across the United
States and approximately 6,500 in Canada). To learn more, visit
For further information:
For further information: Media contacts: Domtar: François Taschereau,
(514) 844-6665; Domtar EarthChoice: Andrew Findlater, (416) 848-1717;
Cristelle Basmaji, (514) 497-0976; WWF-Canada: Wendy Douglas, (416) 484-7726;
Customer contact: Domtar EarthChoice: Lewis Fix, (847) 687-9339