PORT HAWKESBURY, NS , Nov. 19, 2014 (Press Release) -Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP) has recently confirmed successful fulfillment of certifications with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc. and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest CertificationTM(PEFC) Chain of Custody (COC) systems. Since 2008, the mill has successfully maintained Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody. In addition to the Chain of Custody certifications, PHP's woodlands and forest management practices are FSC and SFI forest management certified.
"We are pleased to have all three Chain of Custody certifications available as options for our customers in North America and abroad," says Marc Dube, Development Manager at PHP, "It is important that we are able to meet or exceed the highest environmental standards set by these leading organizations."
Port Hawkesbury Paper's ongoing certification process encompasses the crown and private woodlands for which it is responsible. It includes the development of a High Conservation Value Forest report, which involves extensive consultation with experts in the fields of ecology, biodiversity conservation, societal needs and values, and First Nations. Experts involved have ranged from university professionals, the Nova Scotia Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, the Ecology Action Centre, Bird Studies Canada, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, to name a few.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. The SFI forest certification standard is based on principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value. The standard is used widely across North America, and has strong acceptance in the global marketplace.
PEFC, or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes is an international, non‐profit organization that is primarily made up of representatives of the forest products industry. The PEFC COC follows the rigor of the SFI process and confirms that the company has met European certification requirements.