To ensure transparency and leadership, 19 global paper producers allowed the WWF, an international environmental association, to conduct an in-depth analysis of the processes for fine paper, tissue or packaging products. This assessment was undertaken to classify all participants in relation to their ecological footprint in order to establish an index for environmental paper manufacturers. "WWF applauds the transparency of participating producers. By allowing evaluation of their environmental performance these companies are showing that they take environmental and social responsibility seriously," says Emmanuelle Neyroumande, Coordinator of WWF International's global pulp and paper work.
Cascades is extremely proud to have received this lead ranking amongst this group of distinguished manufacturers for responsible fiber sourcing. This recognition is also in alignment with the company's strategy and its sustainable development plan. Specifically, in 2010, Cascades set as an objective the reduction of its impact on forests by increasing by 4% its use of recycled fiber or FSC certified virgin fiber. "WWF's Environmental Paper Company Index shows the significant and positive progress that the pulp and paper industry has made. Manufacturers are opening their doors not only to independent measurement of their environmental impact, but also to published comparisons of their performance," says Julie Loyer, Communication and Sustainable Development Advisor for Cascades Specialty Products Group. "This is very encouraging for a manufacturer like Cascades that has strived for many years to continuously reduce its environmental footprint."
A member of the Specialty Products Group, Cascades Fine Papers Group, located in Saint-Jérôme (QC), is a leader in the manufacturing of ecological fine papers and security papers in Canada. Conscious of the environment, the Group uses 50% and 100% recycled fibres in its products and continuously makes efforts to reduce its ecological footprint on the planet.
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibres. Cascades employs more than 11,000 employees who work in more than 100 production units located in North America and Europe. Cascades' management philosophy, its more than 45 years of experience in recycling, its continued efforts in research and development are strengths which enable the company to create new products for its customers. The Cascades shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CAS.