According to the Journal de Québec, “At the height of the season, Lac-Saint-Jean welcomes at least 1000 blueberry pickers to the region, as well as a horde of tourists who head out into the forest to one of more than 275 picking sites.
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. This information 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.