FSC certified papers, new web resource assist with rigorous qualification
TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - As part of its goal to preserve biodiversity
through responsible forest management and to offer customers "greener"
choices, Xerox Canada today announced the FSC certification of virtually all
of its managed services customer sites across the country.
Managed services is a function of Xerox Global services, where Xerox
employees manage document output, equipment, supplies, service, and technology
on-location at customer sites.
Xerox's customer facility sites went through both an internal and
external audit to ensure these on-site printing services were compliant with
the Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program, which has been recognized by
Greenpeace International as the top-ranked verification program.
"In today's world, compliance with environmental standards throughout the
supply chain is critical to our organization," said Shane Royal, director,
Supply Management and Business Operations, University of Calgary.
"Consequently, we aim to partner with organizations able to support our own
environmental initiatives. As a company with an exemplary record of corporate
social responsibility, Xerox's FSC certification as a paper supplier and now
as an on-site printer, is invaluable to our business."
To simplify and encourage customer environmental awareness, Xerox's new
Paper and Supplies Sustainability website offers a comprehensive approach to
environmental responsibility that extends beyond its products. The site
features the company's vision, policy and strategy for delivering
environmentally preferable papers, as well as a sustainability guide, links to
the Xerox Green World Alliance recycling program, and analyst webcasts that
link sustainability to good business practices.
Xerox covers the greatest geographic area of any certified paper
supplier, with almost 80 FSC and PEFC accredited distribution centers across
17 countries, and is among the first companies to achieve certification based
on the FSC's international multi-site standards.
"At Xerox we have always offered customers the assurance of having
world-class environmental standards built-in to our products and supplies,"
said Eme Onuoha, director, Sustainability and Federal Government Relations,
Xerox Canada Ltd. "We believe our new FSC certification for on-site printing
services will help our customers implement their own sustainability plans and
enable them to make informed choices about the way they use natural resources
in support of their business."
FSC multi-site certification enables Xerox to track, monitor and enforce
global chain-of-custody management procedures from one central office
location, as opposed to a separate office in each country. All participating
suppliers in the manufacturing process are managed by a common database system
to guarantee that Xerox's FSC-labeled products throughout the world contain
raw materials solely from certified sources.
For example, in Europe the demand for "green" papers is especially high,
and Xerox has responded with a continual stream of new products - six in the
past 10 months - for a wide range of printing applications that range from the
home to the office to professional print shops. Several of these papers have
been certified by international organizations, such as the FSC and Programme
for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.
In North America, Xerox recently announced its Color Xpressions Planet 20
Paper, a 20 percent post-consumer waste paper that is certified by the Forest
Stewardship Council (FSC). Optimized for color printing with a smooth surface,
98 brightness and true-white color, the paper is ideal for presentations,
proposals, flyers, brochures and manuals and can be used with both digital and
offset printing technology. In addition to this, Xerox's Business Multipurpose
4200 Paper is now available in an FSC certified version. For a small premium,
customers receive the same popular paper, while reducing their office's
Xerox Corporation is the world's leading document management, technology
and services enterprise, providing the industry's broadest portfolio of colour
and black-and-white document processing systems and related supplies, as well
as document management consulting and outsourcing services. This past year
Xerox was awarded the National Medal of Technology, the highest technology
award in the United States.
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