MONTREAL, Oct 28, 2014 (CNW) - Domtar Corporation (UFS) (UFS) was recognized for its longtime leadership in sustainability, as the company accepted the first-ever annual FSC® Leadership Award for the paper sector in a ceremony at the Greenbuild 2014 Conference in New Orleans . The award celebrates Domtar's innovative pursuit of FSC certification in North America , and highlights its commitment to maintaining forests for future generations.
At a time when many organizations are building strategies around environmental and social responsibility, the Forest Stewardship Council lauded Domtar as a standout leader and trailblazer in the forest products industry. In 2000, Domtar was the first forest products company in North America to achieve FSC certification of its lands, and in 2005, it launched the first FSC certified line of general use copy paper, called the EarthChoice® Product Line.
"Like salmon swimming upstream, the award winners have worked tirelessly to protect forests and create change in the marketplace," said Corey Brinkema , president of the Forest Stewardship Council US. "They are used to being told 'it can't be done' so they know that true leadership requires resolve and determination, usually in the face of strong currents protecting the status quo," he added.
Domtar's early adoption of FSC certification, history of industry-leading collaboration with Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGOs) and bold commitments to increasing the supply of certified fiber helped earn the company the honor.
"Domtar is honored to receive the first annual FSC Leadership Award for the paper sector, demonstrating what it takes to be a leader in responsible forest practices," said Paige Goff , vice president, Sustainability & Business Communications at Domtar. "We're proud to be recognized as an organization that has made a significant contribution to the longevity and health of the world's forests, and will continue to raise the bar for the pulp and paper industry for years to come."
The FSC Leadership Awards were presented at the 10th Annual Design & Build with FSC Awards, co-hosted with the World Wildlife Fund and Green Sports Alliance.
Domtar Corporation (UFS) (UFS) designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. The foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fiber converting assets that produce papergrade, fluff and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America with recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice®. Domtar is also a leading marketer and producer of a broad line of absorbent hygiene products marketed primarily under the Attends®, IncoPack and Indasec® brand names. In 2013, Domtar had sales of $5.4 billion from some 50 countries. The Company employs approximately 10,000 people.
About the Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. FSC was created in 1993 to help consumers and businesses identify products from well-managed forests. FSC sets standards by which forests are certified, offering credible verification to people who are buying wood and wood products. 4,000 companies and 175 million acres of forestland are certified under FSC standards in the United States and Canada .