Realistic training exercises are a major factor in ensuring that Canadian soldiers get the training they need to participate safely and successfully in missions that could take them to dangerous parts of the world. Training helps participants understand and test their skills in the types of indoor and outdoor spaces they might find themselves in BEFORE they get into real world situations.
Last week we took an important step in our continuing effort to regain our Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications. In case you’re new to the issue, the FSC is an organization that sets standards for how companies like ours work in and protect the forest, its wildlife and its people. Resolute has been, and remains today, a supporter of FSC certification standards, both in terms of sustainable forest management certification and chain of custody certification. In fact, we remain one of the largest holders of FSC certificates in North America. Resolute has also gone above and beyond complying with government approved harvest plans, regulations and recovery plans for species at risk, and we have third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to at least one of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards.
How our Kénogami specialty papers mill used teamwork, innovation, a kettle and a fire hose to design a new chemical protective suit.
Pulp and paper mill employees working in proximity to dangerous chemicals must wear chemical protective suits. This has always been company policy, but a serious incident in 2012 prompted Resolute to become even more rigid about the use of personal protective equipment. The disposable suits we were using were hot and uncomfortable, so we had new, breathable suits designed out of CarbonX®, a flame-retardant fabric.
How Resolute surpassed its total GHG emissions reduction target two years ahead of schedule. And what’s next on the sustainability agenda.
When we joined WWF’s Climate Savers Program in 2011, we agreed to a series of commitments including an ambitious goal – to achieve a reduction in absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 65% below our 2000 levels. And we would do it by 2015.
For years now, some environmental activist groups have been pointing the finger at Resolute and the forest products industry as the main reason why woodland caribou populations are under stress in the Canadian boreal forest. However, a recent op-ed by Bob Hoffman, local President of the Unifor union in Thunder Bay, makes a strong argument that these critics are missing the point.
Four areas that stump consumers when it comes to sustainability.
Most of us think about the environmental impact of the things we buy. Is that dish soap phosphate free? Or is that paper made with recycled content? This information holds power and it affects our decisions to purchase one item over another.
UPDATE: Resolute’s Fairmont team has done it again! While you can read below what we posted in September — recognition by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce for community involvement — this amazing group has recently announced another exciting community engagement activity. The Fairmont mill is adding a school recycling program to their impressive repertoire of community work and will be purchasing recycled paper directly from local school boards.
How is Resolute using innovative technologies to sustainably manage the boreal forest in Canada?
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) moved quickly from spy gadgetry in Hollywood blockbusters to surprising reality when, in 2013, Amazon began touting its plans for a right-to-your-door drone delivery service. Companies involved in natural resource work and agriculture have also been finding applications for these airborne robots over the last several years. And forestry is no exception.
Quebec student engineering challenge highlights the beauty of wood construction.
As a construction material, wood has a lot going for it. It’s durable, structurally strong, and it’s fast and efficient to build with. There’s also its value as a renewable building material, but most of all, it’s just beautiful (yes, we’re a little biased on that front).
Around the world, more and more people are thinking about the environment when they make purchasing decisions.
Wood buyers are no different. They’re increasingly looking at where the wood they buy comes from and the harvesting practices used by their suppliers before they make any decisions.
Could the world’s greatest climate change fighter be right in your backyard?
Some people are counting on high tech solutions and off-the-wall innovations to solve climate change – from wrapping Greenland in a blanket to filtering out some of the sun’s rays with a giant space sun shield. Researchers have even come up with machines that cost just $20,000 a piece that can pull carbon dioxide right out of the air.
Resolute and six First Nations celebrate a ground-breaking agreement in Ontario
Engaging our First Nations partners to support our operations in Northwestern Ontario just became a little more official. On February 10th, we signed a Memorandum of Agreement that sets out the framework for several contracts that have resulted in C$100 million in new business for our six First Nations MOA partners.
Join the Boreal Forum Online Conversation
On February 10th, Resolute’s Boreal Forum initiative continued with a town hall discussion in Ignace Ontario, once again hosted by Resolute Forest Products’ President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Garneau. The discussion followed similar events held in Thunder Bay and Atikokan (Ontario) in late November of last year and in Quebec regions over the past 18 months.
Some Good News for Ignace, Ontario!
We’ve got some good news to share with Ignace and surrounding area residents: the town’s sawmill, idled in 2006, had its inaugural reopening on February 10th. Attended by Resolute’s President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Garneau, the town’s mayor, Lee Kennard, sawmill employees, local media and invited guests, it was a celebratory affair!
Grades use up to 50% less fiber as well as less energy and fewer chemicals
Resolute continues to expand its Align™ brand of environmentally responsible and budget-friendly papers by adding two more superbrite grades, Hybrid and Alternative, to the Company’s existing offerings of Ecopaque, Equal Offset and Resolute Max.
Using e-media over paper is not as green as you might think
When an office wants to ‘go green,’ managers often talk about being paperless. But that reasoning may be flawed given the sustainable features of paper and the environmental impacts of switching to electronic communications, says Two Sides, an independent, non-profit organization Resolute recently joined that was created to promote the sustainability of print and paper.
At Resolute, we take a proactive, preventive approach to safety, encouraging our employees to identify and report potential hazards in order to stop accidents before they occur.
More construction takes place in China than anywhere else in the world. But along with this growth, there’s also a growing awareness of the environmental impacts that can come with some types of building.
Tyler Herbert and Guy Legarrie left Atikokan for different reasons and at different times. Now they’re coming back for the same thing: to advance their forestry careers at our new Sapawe sawmill, 30 km out of town. Several years ago Atikokan was hard hit by the closing of two forestry operations but the pendulum has swung back and the community welcomes Tyler and Guy, and their families back to Atikokan.
Don’t get between a shopper and their traditional printed flyers. That’s what a study released in November 2014 found when 97% of those surveyed said they rely on flyers to make purchasing decisions. And many of them – 86% – take the time to read their flyers on a weekly basis.
It’s easy to think of the environmental cost of newspaper and computer printouts because that’s paper in motion – it gets used and then recycled – but what about more permanent uses of paper? What about books?
You’ve put safety first in making your daily decisions at work but don’t forget to do the same this holiday season as you travel and enjoy your time with family and friends.
Have a great holiday and look for new posts starting January 5th.
The December decision to reduce newsprint capacity was a result of the ongoing weakness in the global newsprint business. But it was exacerbated by fiber-related issues. In Quebec, one of these related issues is the massive spruce budworm infestation. This is one of the most destructive insects to North American conifer stands and its spread has affected the Baie-Comeau mill’s remaining wood supply.
Exciting things are happening in sustainability reporting at Resolute Forest Products, and we wanted to share some of that great news. Our Corporate Sustainability Committee met recently to discuss our move to a new reporting strategy, updates to material issues and exciting developments to increase the accountability and transparency of Resolute’s sustainability reporting.
Iroquois Falls (Ontario) Mill and Two Paper Machines in Quebec to be Permanently Closed
Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced the permanent closure of 465,000 metric tons of newsprint production capacity in Canada. This capacity reduction will be achieved with the permanent closure of the Iroquois Falls (Ontario) newsprint mill, as well as paper machine #1 at Baie-Comeau (Quebec) and paper machine #4 at Clermont (Quebec).
For more information, please see the press release.
Resolute has launched an initiative we call the Boreal Forum in Ontario. What is it? It’s an online discussion forum designed to encourage open dialogue among all interested stakeholders in communities where Resolute has boreal forest operations. It’s our view that forest-dependent communities, including First Nations and local governments and stakeholders, must have a say in the industries that sustain them.
10-year innovation partnership develops technology that is setting the bar in the global lumber production industry
If you’re wondering what the next generation of sawmill could look like, you don’t have to look much further than Resolute’s La Dore operation in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, according to the Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l’innovation du Québec (ADRIQ).
Canada’s leading firms raised their combined research spending to $12.5 billion in fiscal 2013. And with a $20.4 million R&D spend last year, Resolute was counted among these innovative companies.
Calhoun has seen a busy few months on its social calendar. First it won the county economic development authority’s Innovator of the Year award this summer. Then, by the fall, its team was standing in front of the cameras again. This time they were handing two sizeable cheques to regional Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity representatives.
RESOLUTE: What interested you about working in the forest products industry?
Marie-Philippe Drouin (MPD): When I was working on my grad project for Resolute, I would often call people at the mill to get information and, interestingly, they didn’t always have a ready answer because things are always changing at a pulp and paper mill. It made me realize that papermaking is a dynamic field, always evolving. Before I started working for the company, I thought my challenges would all be pretty straightforward: You take some wood chips, refine and bleach them and make some paper. It’s a process that has existed for generations, and I didn’t really think there was much to improve upon.
But every day we are improving the process, working on the details that will enhance quality, efficiency or cost, and help make us competitive in a challenging marketplace.
Resolute’s Internship Program for Engineers served as the catalyst to Marie-Philippe Drouin’s professional career. Meet Marie-Philippe and learn about how she advanced to the position of Superintendent TMP at our Kénogami (Quebec) mill in Jonquière. We are very proud of her achievements.
Those who work “manual labor” – such as farm equipment mechanics, mushers and bush pilots – are always happy to introduce the TV host of “Jobs de bras”, Patrick Groulx, to the basics of their jobs.
This machine has a menacing look and an equally ominous name, but it’s anything but! It’s known as a scarifier, and it’s used to turn the soil and create a furrow before planting seedlings. Scarifiers play an important role in reforestation of areas which need a little help after harvest or even after forest fires, and they’re integral to sustainable forest management.
We informed employees at our Baie Comeau, Alma and Amos paper mills today that extended or temporary periods of market-related downtime will be required this fall:
Resolute today announced that it has concluded the sale of most of the assets of its recycling collection division, AbiBow Recycling LLC, which includes the Paper Retriever and EcoRewards programs, to EWJ International, Inc., an affiliate of Jordan Trading, a company that has been involved in the paper recycling industry for many years.
Last Sunday evening, Richard Garneau, President and CEO of Resolute joined Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Harper, other dignitaries, Canadian business leaders, and other special guests at a State Dinner honouring the visit to Canada by South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
Every year, during the 3rd week in September, Canada marks National Forest Week to celebrate how truly valuable our forests are to all Canadians and to the entire world. This year, National Forest Week runs from September 21 to 27, and is highlighted by National Tree Day, which falls on September 24.
“Green, innovative and open to the world”. That’s the vision Resolute Forest Products and our partners in the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) are challenging our industry to achieve in its Vision2020 challenge.
Canada’s Clean50 Organization and Delta Management Group has chosen Richard Garneau and the Resolute Team to join the prestigious Clean50 list for 2015 in the Manufacturing or Transportation Category.
The 2014 campaign of the Grand Rassemblement des Premières Nations and the Fondation de l’héritage culturel autochtone, whose last activity took place yesterday (September 11), raised more than $125,000. The funds will be used to support organizations in the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.
Resolute’s Fairmont team has been recognized by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce for its community support and involvement. The Fairmont Mill received the President’s Award during the Chamber of Commerce’s 61st annual dinner meeting held on August 13, 2014.
At the request of an avid angler and cottager in the area north of Lac-Saint-Jean, a small team from Resolute took on the task of unblocking a culvert in the Lapointe River, which is used by speckled trout to spawn.
Management met with Laurentide paper mill workers in Shawinigan, Quebec, today to inform them that the mill will be shut down permanently on or about October 15, 2014. Unfortunately, owing to its cost structure and market conditions, economically viable options could not be found for the mill.
In 2011, after emerging from a difficult period in the Company’s history, we knew it was time for a fresh perspective. We were then known as AbitibiBowater, following the merger of Abitibi-Consolidated and Bowater, and coming up with a fresh new brand identity seemed like the perfect way to move forward as a strong, united organization.
With three significant projects in the works in northwestern Ontario, our HR team has been hard at work spreading the word that a slew of jobs will become available in the region over the next year. A new wood pellet plant is under construction in Thunder Bay, our sawmill at Ignace is set to restart, and the town of Atikokan will soon have a brand new sawmill.
Yesterday was a proud day in Calhoun, Tennessee, where we broke ground on a $105 million upgrade at our pulp and paper mill. What’s involved in an investment that big? Read our Q&A and find out!
Yes, you read correctly. Resolute has teamed up with local investors in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec to build “Les Serres Toundra”, a 35-hectare greenhouse complex on land adjacent to our Saint-Félicien pulp mill.
Yesterday, Éric Pelletier, a harvest supervisor working at our forestry operations near Baie-Comeau, Quebec noticed a large-sized bird on the ground near a forest road. The bird looked injured. He communicated with the Company office by radio right away and within minutes, government conservation agents had been notified. They then realized that the bird he’d found was a young female bald eagle who had suffered a broken wing. The bald eagle has been on Quebec’s vulnerable species list since 2003.
Access to fresh water is a crucial issue, and as a significant user of this precious resource, we’re always looking for ways to use it more efficiently. To find out more about how we use water, we talked to Dr. Martin Fairbank, a Senior Technical Advisor who has worked with Resolute since 1985.
Employees at our Catawba, South Carolina paper mill have been abuzz with excitement since the launch of the first Little Free Library!
A Little Free Library is a public station stocked with a variety of books available for borrowing at no charge. The goal of the Little Free Libraries is to bring the joy and power of reading to community members of all ages. Visitors to the Little Free Libraries can peruse the books and take home one that catches their eye – and if they have books at home that are ready to be enjoyed by someone else, they can bring those back to the Library.
Resolute’s plan to invest $90 million for three major projects in Northwestern Ontario is well underway and includes a new sawmill in Atikokan, the upgrade and restart of our idled Ignace sawmill, and the production capacity increase and building of a wood pellet plant at our Thunder Bay sawmill. The projects will create about 175 new jobs in the region – not to mention many indirect jobs in areas like harvesting, hauling and forest management.
Sustainability is one of our core values at Resolute, and our CEO himself, Richard Garneau, can often be heard discussing the importance of balancing the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic. Back in 2010, we made some important changes to our practical approach to sustainability. We set a number of ambitious targets in several different areas, and we began producing a GRI-compliant sustainability report to provide updates on those targets. But perhaps most importantly, we gathered a team of some of our best and brightest to tackle the responsibility of ensuring that we, as a company, respect our commitments.
For more than two years, Resolute has been defending itself against the false information spread by Greenpeace and recently has taken legal action. The misinformation shared by Greenpeace has harmed our Company and threatens the jobs of thousands of employees, as well as the social and economic well-being of many communities across Canada. This week, the Ontario Divisional Court ruled against Greenpeace, confirming that our full case has merit and will proceed through the judicial process.
In forestry, nothing goes to waste. As much as possible, we use every part of every tree we harvest – for example, one tree may provide lumber to build a house, wood chips for making paper, and bark and branches that can be turned into heat and energy.
Things can get challenging when the mercury falls 45 degrees below zero. Air hoses freeze, trains and trucks slow, and each minute of delay ripples down the supply chain. A decade ago, a customer could wait out the storm, drawing on backup supplies of paper they had stored in their warehouses. Today, those facilities are long gone, and in their place are complex webs of electronic tracking systems and processes that make up just-in-time inventory systems.
Resolute employees have been hard at work over the last few years, rolling up their sleeves to improve our sustainability performance in a slew of different areas from forestry to safety to managing our carbon footprint. We’re really proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish so far. That’s why it feels great to be included as one of Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens for 2014 – our efforts are being recognized, which reminds us of how far we’ve come and inspires us to keep improving. In their words, “the organizations named to the Best 50 each year by Corporate Knights represent the very best in corporate sustainability performance.”
In this fascinating TED Talk, Vancouver architect Michael Green lays out his case for why skyscrapers made of wood can simultaneously serve as carbon storage while housing the three billion people who will need shelter in the next 20 years.
Over the past five years, recordable injuries at Resolute’s mills have fallen from 307 to 90 per year, resulting in a world-class OSHA rate of 1.02. First aid incidents, which cover everything from light scrapes to minor burns, are down 55% since 2008. And adopting a proactive mindset, employees filed 23,000 “near-miss” reports in 2013 – that means 23,000 potential incidents were prevented.
These figures are anything but accidental.
We’ve recently launched some pretty exciting projects at our operations in Thunder Bay, Ontario. These major investments will help us to make better use of the fiber we work with every day, as well as make us more competitive in the marketplace. Here’s an inside look into the top 3 coolest projects on the go in Thunder Bay.
Welcome to the Resolute Forest Products blog! We’re thrilled to be here. Like you, we care about the critical role that forests and forest products play in our daily lives.
We know our operations have an impact on the world around us, and that’s why we make sure we responsibly manage the natural resources in our care. As stewards of the Canadian boreal forest in particular, we feel have a special obligation to protect its resources, educate communities about how we work within it, and invite questions.
There are people who are committed to their jobs. There are people who are committed to their communities. And then there’s Johnny Hooker. In December 2011, Johnny, a 40-year veteran with our company, saw a tornado strike his hometown of Bradley County. He knew exactly what to do. He went on vacation to volunteer full time for the American Red Cross as they came to the aid of affected families.