PORT HAWKESBURY, NS, June 1, 2021 (Press Release) -Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP) has announced the successful transition of its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Maritime certification to the new FSC national standard for responsible forest management in Canada. The new national standard was developed to replace the four regional standards in Canada, which is considered more comprehensive and rigorous than the previous regional standards. Some main areas that are significantly different are:
- Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) - new requirements for completing an FPIC process with Indigenous Peoples’ to ensure that forest management activities do not negatively impact their identified legal and customary rights upon which their cultures and livelihoods depend.
- Stakeholder & culturally appropriate engagement – includes broader requirements around how to engage with stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples on our forest management planning, as well as the development of a dispute resolution process for complaints that may affect local communities and Indigenous Peoples.
- Ecology & Forest Management – a requirement to develop a pre-industrial condition report or range of natural variation report as a benchmark for what the forest looked like before management so appropriate targets can be set to maintain or return the forest to a more natural condition.
- Includes additional requirements around identifying a conservation area network and ecological gap analysis.
“Port Hawkesbury Paper is a company long committed to sustainable forest management, and our business is predicated upon responsible forestry practices,” states co-mill manager Bevan Lock. “We want to ensure accountability and transparency in our forest management efforts, so maintaining and complying to internationally recognized thirdparty certifications, like FSC, is critical for our business and our customers.”
The Crown lands licensed to PHP under the Forest Utilization License Agreement with the province of Nova Scotia have been certified to the FSC Maritime Standard for Best Forestry Practices since 2008. The transition to the new national standard for Canada will not interrupt PHP’s commitment and maintenance of its FSC certification for responsible forest management. The national standard certification process is ongoing, and various sections of the standard will be audited annually within the transition period allowed by FSC Canada. PHP is the only industrial company in the Maritimes that is independently certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forest management and chain of custody standards, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) forest management and chain of custody standards, and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) chain of custody standard.
FSC has over 26 years of experience in setting the gold standard for sustainable forest management around the world. FSC’s unique democratic standard-setting process enables forest owners, communities and businesses to jointly make decisions on issues impacting forests today and in the future. This ensures inclusivity in finding the best solutions. Through our global standards, unrivaled stakeholder engagement and support from businesses and NGOs, FSC is the world’s most credible solution for sustainable forest management; trusted to secure better outcomes for the markets, communities and forests for today and future generations.
About Port Hawkesbury Paper
At Port Hawkesbury Paper, we are the leader in supercalendered paper manufacturing in North America. Our ownership focuses on building and investing for the long-term and is dedicated to developing a flexible and sustainable business. We believe that every employee’s actions make a difference and we rely on committed, skilled people to use leadingedge processes and technology to develop best-in-class products. The secret to our effectiveness is shown in our products’ consistent and reliable quality and our open communication and problem-solving with our employees, suppliers and customers. Quality, reliability, and consistency of products and services deliver ultimate customer value.