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Canopy applauds Torstar for commitment to forest protection with new paper procurement principles

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Canopy applauds Torstar for commitment to forest protection with new paper procurement principles

April 02, 2013 - 06:51
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TORONTO, April 2, 2013 (Press Release) -Torstar Corporation (TS-B.TO) has launched corporate-wide Environmental Purchasing Principles to encourage suppliers to eliminate the use of fiber from ancient and endangered forests, empower business units with the option of choosing to preference post-consumer recycled fiber and encourage improvement of all forest certification systems with Forest Stewardship Council certification (FSC) as the target standard.

Torstar has launched these principles with a commitment to support their suppliers' engagement of environmental organizations to forward protection of high conservation value forests and encourage suppliers to develop papers that are more ecologically sensitive. These principles apply to Harlequin, known the world over for the publication of romance novels, as well as the Star Media Group and Metroland Media Group, which together publish over 125 newspapers across Canada.

Canopy, an independent environmental not-for-profit who works with over 700 forest product customer companies has collaborated with Torstar Corporation for several years and was engaged to support and advise on the development of these principles over the last 8 months.

"Torstar's readers can now start their day with a hot cup of coffee and the newspaper and end it with an equally steamy romance novel, knowing that our planet's forests are better off," said Nicole Rycroft, Canopy Founder and Executive Director. "As a global publishing leader, Torstar deserve congratulations for their corporate wide approach to protecting forests such as Canada's Boreal through strong principles that guide their paper procurement," she said.

Torstar has an environmental management structure including an Environmental Steering Committee comprised of senior representatives of various Torstar business units and four sub-committees to oversee the application of sustainability commitments throughout their operations.

Canopy is a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species and climate, Canopy believes collaboration is key and that businesses can be a powerful force for solutions, and work with more than 700 companies to help ensure their supply chains are sustainable. Canopy's partners include Sprint, TC Transcontinental, Scholastic, The Globe and Mail, Random House and Lonely Planet.