We got some good news this week – our Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certificate for the Black Spruce/Dog River-Matawin forest in Northwestern Ontario has been reinstated. The reinstatement further confirms Resolute’s status as one of the largest holders of FSC forest management certification in Canada and all of North America.
A fiber tracking system is a mechanism that tracks fiber sources from the forest to the final product. That way we can ensure that the fiber contained in our product can be traced back to responsible sources and that it was legally harvested. And that includes fiber purchased from external suppliers. Doing this helps to ensure the sustainability of our fiber supply.
November 13 was an exciting day for Resolute: We were recognized by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) as a leader in sustainability for our safety performance and by the International Business Awards, known as the Stevie® awards for Women in Business for the achievements of Pascale Lagacé, our vice president, Environment and Climate Change. We also garnered a Stevie award for our corporate blog.
Resolute announced the acquisition of Atlas Paper Holdings, a leading Florida-based manufacturer of at-home and away-from-home tissue products, including recycled and virgin paper grades.
This transaction fits nicely with our announcement this past June to build state-of-the-art tissue and converting facilities at our Calhoun (Tennessee) operation.
What is Resolute doing to ensure its sawmills are working sustainably?
To start, all of the forest lands we manage are in Canada, which is a highly regulated environment with active enforcement from federal and provincial governments. We adhere to strict, internationally recognized sustainable forest management (SFM) and chain of custody (CoC) standards that provide customers with the assurance that the wood fiber we use originates from responsibly managed forests.