Look before you buy: A Buyers' Guide to Canada's Sustainable Forest Products

    OTTAWA, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Forest Products Association of Canada
(FPAC) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have developed a Canadian buyer's
guide for purchasers of wood and paper-based products. It provides important
guidance on what to consider when writing procurement policies and programs
that need to be based on sustainable and socially responsible forest
practices. As well, the new A Buyers' Guide to Canada's Sustainable Forest
Products shines the spotlight on the importance of biodiversity - the theme
for National Forest Week now underway in Canada.
    The Guide provides practical advice in areas critical to ensuring that
purchasing practices contribute to the positive development of communities and
do not harm the environment. It encourages the reader to go beyond the
traditional considerations of price, quality, service and availability, by
considering all aspects of the production process and their impact on the
environment. Such topics as climate change, traceability, certification,
legality and social desirability in the production of Canadian forest products
are covered in the Guide.
    "In a world where illegal logging and deforestation are causing
irreparable damage to the planet and our climate, responsible buyers of wood
and paper-based products are seeking assurances that what they are buying
comes from responsible sources - sources that harvest legally, regenerate
promptly, recycle, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and welcome independent
scrutiny. The Guide helps them attain these assurances in the Canadian
context," said Avrim Lazar, President and CEO of FPAC.
    "Decisions regarding the purchase and use of wood and paper-based
products can have far-reaching, long-term impacts," says Bruce McIntyre,
leader of the PwC Forest, Paper & Packaging practice in Canada and co-author
of the Guide. "Beyond the immediate and obvious consequences of their
purchases, consumers, retailers, investors and communities are taking an
increased interest in how their buying decisions will affect the environment
for future generations. We want to help make those choices by providing them
with solid information on Canada's environmental credentials when it comes to
forest products."
    The Buyers' Guide to Canada's Sustainable Forest Products addresses the
major considerations presented by the World Business Council for Sustainable
Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) - these include
sourcing and legality, environmental and social aspects of production.
    The Guide recommends that organizations that purchase forest products
should take a complete life-cycle approach to evaluating the sustainability
attributes of these products. A life cycle assessment helps to objectively
determine the environmental impacts of products, processes or services through
production, usage and disposal of the products- an area where Canada in
particular excels.
    "With the most certified, original and protected forest in the world, and
a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2015, I would argue there is no
country better than Canada when it comes to meeting growing global demand for
sustainable forest products," says Mr. Lazar.
    The Buyers' Guide to Canada's Sustainable Forest Products is available
from the FPAC website at: www.fpac.ca.

    About FPAC

    FPAC is the voice of Canada's wood, pulp and paper producers nationally
and internationally in government, trade and environmental affairs. Canada's
forest industry is an $80-billion dollar a year industry that represents 2% of
Canada's GDP. The industry is one of Canada's largest employers, operating in
over 300 Canadian communities and providing nearly 900,000 direct and indirect
jobs across the country.

    About PricewaterhouseCoopers

    PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com) provides industry-focused assurance,
tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its
clients and their stakeholders. More than 146,000 people in 150 countries
across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop
fresh perspectives and practical advice. In Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
(www.pwc.com/ca) and its related entities have more than 5,200 partners and
staff in offices across the country.
    "PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an Ontario
limited liability partnership, or, as the context requires, the
PricewaterhouseCoopers global network or other member firms of the network,
each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.


    Look before you buy: A Buyers' Guide to Canada's Sustainable Forest

    The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have written A Buyers' Guide to Canada's
Sustainable Forest Products to provide information on the issues that should
be considered when developing policies and programs for sustainable
procurement and financing. The Guide also presents environmental performance
data from members of FPAC and examples of how Canadian companies are
responding to the sustainability agenda.
    This Buyers' Guide is designed to address the major considerations
presented by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
and the World Resources Institute (WRII) in their guide to Sustainable
Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products, with respect to forest products
produced in Canada, including:

    Sourcing and Legality Aspects:

    - Origin: Where do the products come from?
    - Information accuracy: Is information about the products credible?
    - Legality: Have the products been legally produced?

    Environmental Aspects:

    - Sustainability: Have forests been sustainably managed?
    - Environmental protection: Have appropriate environmental controls been
    - Special places: Have special places, including sensitive ecosystems,
      been protected?
    - Other resources: Have other resources been used appropriately?
    - Climate change: Have climate issues been addressed?
    - Recycled fibre: Has recycled fibre been used appropriately?

    Social Aspects:

    - Local communities and indigenous peoples: Have the needs of local
      communities or indigenous peoples been addressed?

    The Canadian forest products industry is committed to working in a manner
that is environmentally responsible, socially desirable and economically
viable. FPAC members have made commitments around sustainability issues such
as; conservation, sustainable forest management, certification, biodiversity,
and climate change.
    To obtain a copy of A Buyers' Guide to Canada's Sustainable Forest
Products and to learn more about the members of the Forest Products
Association of Canada please visit www.fpac.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Monica Bailey, Manager, External Relations,
Forest Products Association of Canada, (613) 563-1441 ext: 323,
monica.bailey@fpac.ca; Carolyn Forest, Media relations,
PricewaterhouseCoopers, (416) 814-5730, carolyn.forest@ca.pwc.com

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