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Big improvements in pulp and paper company’s sustainability report


July, 2017
G. Wilkins
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Domtar Corporation, a major freesheet paper producer based in Montreal, recently reviewed its progress after a large and ongoing effort to reduce its carbon footprint and improve safety and sustainability across the company.

Its effort included a three-part approach to business. Domtar describes the first part as caring for people and communities, the second as efficient manufacturing, and the third as responsible sourcing and logistics.

This approach has so far yielded commendable results:

  • 53 per cent reduction in recordable safety incidents since 2008.
  • 33 per cent reduction in waste to landfill at pulp and paper mills since 2013.
  • 4,000+ hours contributed by employees at company-sponsored events.
  • 13 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at pulp and paper mills since 2010.
  • 5 per cent reduction in water use at pulp and paper mills since 2012.

Domtar’s president and CEO John D. Williams said:

“Our various stakeholders believe, as do we, that caring about our environment, our communities and our people helps us better meet our business objectives and deliver returns for the long term. At Domtar, everyone has a role in sustainability. We do not want sustainability to be an annex — we want it to be integrated into our everyday management.”

  1. Photo attribution: Doug Kerr via Wikipedia Commons
  2. https://www.pulpandpapercanada.com/sustainability/domtar-2017-sustainability-report-highlights-progress-in-long-term-strategy-1100000711


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