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Domtar releases 2019 sustainability report

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Domtar releases 2019 sustainability report

August 27, 2019 - 13:05
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FORT MILL, SC, Aug. 27, 2019 (Business Wire) -Domtar Corp. has released its 2019 Sustainability Report that details what it says is its efforts to work toward a better future together with its stakeholders – customers, employees, investors, communities and environmental organization partners.

The new report highlights Domtar's progress and challenges toward 2020 goals in three focus areas: responsibility across the company's supply chain, including sustainable forestry principles to ensure the health of forestlands; efficiency in manufacturing, to minimize the negative environmental effects of operations; and engagement with a variety of stakeholders.

“We have long shared a similar belief,” John D. Williams, Domtar’s president and CEO, said. “We and our investors care about how efficiently we use natural resources in our manufacturing, how we support our communities, how we have reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and how we develop our employees and keep them safe. We believe that caring about our environment, our communities and our people helps us better meet our business objectives and deliver returns for the long term.

“We believe transparency – about both the achievements and the challenges – serves both our interests and the public’s interest well,” Williams said. “Not surprising, since they are intertwined. The interests of our customers, investors, employees and neighbors are more similar than dissimilar.”

Highlights of Domtar's sustainability story, based on its performance in 2018:

  • 38 percent of the fiber procured for its pulp and paper mills was certified, including 21 percent from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified sources.
  • 19 percent reduction in waste to landfill from pulp and paper mills since 2013, while beneficially using 69 percent of the manufacturing byproducts generated.
  • 72 percent of the energy used in its pulp and paper mills came from renewable biomass fuels, along with self-generating an equivalent of 72 percent of the electricity they used.
  • 15 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at pulp and paper mills since 2010.
  • 2 percent reduction in water use at pulp and paper mills since 2014.
  • Completed development of a full-cost-of-water model and began using it in project approvals to further support water and energy conservation efforts.
  • 57 percent reduction in recordable safety incident rate since 2008, to 0.74.
  • Expanded our EarthChoice Ambassador program to 30 locations in four countries, covering 86 percent of Domtar's facilities.
  • $2.5 million invested in communities, focused on literacy, health and wellness, and sustainability.
  • 13,800-plus hours contributed by its employees at Domtar-sponsored events in communities.

About Domtar

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.5 billion, and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina.