MARATHON, ON, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Tembec and Kruger are pleased to
announce that their joint venture, Marathon Pulp Inc., has received Forest
Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its forestry practices on the Big
Pic Forest, a 650,000-hectare public sustainable forest license in Northern
"This certification demonstrates our desire to expand Tembec's 2001
commitment to seek third-party FSC certification for all of its forest
operations by working with external supply partners to further extend the
forest areas under certification," said James Lopez, President and CEO of
Tembec. "With 10.4 million hectares of FSC-certified forestland under our
management, Tembec offers the largest range of FSC-certified products in the
marketplace and is a leading supplier of FSC-certified pulp."
The Forest Stewardship Council is recognized worldwide as the Gold
standard for well-managed forests for its unique regional, multi-stakeholder
approach to the development of standards. "Achieving FSC certification is the
culmination of months of hard word and represents a well-deserved recognition
of the efforts of our team and that of partner companies," noted Marc
Barrette, Vice President and COO of Marathon Pulp Inc. Marathon is committed
to the continuous improvement of forest management and strengthening
partnerships, notably with local First Nations".
Marathon Pulp Inc. received its certification from the Rainforest
Alliance SmartWood Program, a Forest Stewardship Council accredited certifier,
following an in-depth audit process that found that the Company's forest
management practices comply with FSC's rigorous standards for environmentally
and socially responsible forestry practices.
Founded in 1993, the Forest Stewardship Council is an international,
non-governmental organization that has developed the only forest certification
system recognized worldwide by native peoples, environmental groups, labour
organizations and industry. The certification system requires consultations
with all forest users and stakeholders, and guarantees the independent
evaluation of forest management practices used by companies.
About Marathon Pulp Inc.
Marathon Pulp Inc. operates a Northern Bleached Kraft pulp mill and is
equally owned by Tembec and Kruger. Tembec is responsible for the day-to-day
management and operations. The mill is located on the northern shore of Lake
Superior in the Town of Marathon, Ontario and employs approximately 230
Tembec is a large, diversified and integrated forest products company
which stands as the global leader in sustainable forest management practices.
With operations principally located in North America and in France, the
Company employs approximately 8,000 people. Tembec's common shares are listed
on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TMB and warrants under TMB.WT.
Additional information on Tembec is available on its website at
Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers,
tissue, lumber and other wood products, corrugated cartons from recycled
fibers, green and renewable energy and wines and spirits. The Company is also
a leader in paper and paperboard recycling in North America. Kruger operates
facilities in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and
Labrador, in the United States and the United Kingdom and has 9,000 employees.
For further information:
For further information: Richard Fahey, Vice President, Communications
and Public Affairs, Tembec Inc., (514) 871-2304, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Marc Barrette, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Marathon Pulp Inc.,
(807) 229-1200 ext. 2001, email@example.com; Alexandre Boursier,
ing.f., M.Sc., Canada Regional Manager, SmartWood Program, Rainforest
Alliance, (819) 827-0656; Maia Becker, Manager of Communications and Client
Services, Forest Stewardship Council Canada, (416) 778-5568 ext. 25