We are pleased to announce that on February 15th, we signed a five-year commercial agreement with the Red Rock Indian Band (RRIB) – an Ojibwe First Nation located in Northwestern Ontario, Canada.
Resolute is donating $1 million over five years toward the creation of a prestigious industrial research Chair sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC). Our contribution, along with that of the Government of Quebec, the university and the university’s foundation, will support research into the boreal forest and the impact of changes in the landscape on black spruce growth in the context of climate change. A particular focus will be on the infestation of the spruce budworm that is currently presenting major challenges for the forest products industry.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has echoed discredited assertions made by their colleagues at Greenpeace in the last several years. NRDC’s statement appeared on November 2 and explicitly criticizes our litigation against Greenpeace.
It is our very commitment to responsible forestry—and to our integrity as a business—that obliges us to stand up against irresponsible accusations and unethical demands.
And that is what we have been doing for over three years now, in response to a carefully planned series of attacks and threats by activists at Greenpeace and other like-minded groups — attacks founded on ulterior financial motives, hidden deals, and a near total lack of transparency or accountability.
September 26, 2016, represented a significant milestone in Mike “Frito” Hunter’s life. It was exactly 50 years ago that he began working at our Catawba pulp and paper mill in South Carolina.
Mike joined the company in 1966 at the age of 23 as a utility power worker and saw his responsibilities gradually evolve with the modernization of the Catawba operation. Over the years, he has continuously adapted to change and kept up with the latest technology. He is currently an electrical and instrument master craftsman on a rotating shift schedule.
Resolute is partnering once again with FPInnovations, a world-leading R&D organization, to develop new, eco-friendly products that have the potential to create renewable, biodegradable and cost-effective alternatives to petroleum-based products for use in the construction, automotive, mining, oil and other sectors.
On July 15th, Resolute announced its membership in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) at an event hosted by Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, and the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney.
We are pleased to join the CPLC, a voluntary global partnership that brings together leaders across national and sub-national governments, the private sector, and civil society to help address climate change through putting a price on carbon.
The Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, visited our Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill on March 29 as part of a trip to northern Ontario.
President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Garneau kicked off the event, providing a high-level overview of the company with a focus on our Northwestern Ontario operations and our overall commitment to sustainability.
We work and live and help grow businesses in Canada, the United States and South Korea, and we bring forest products to markets around the world in a responsible, ethical, and sustainable way.
We are one of the largest holders of sustainable forest management certifications globally, and every one of the millions of hectares/acres of land we manage in Canada are certified as sustainable or responsible by one or more independent and internationally recognized standards.
A February 4 press release by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) misrepresents the substance and status of Resolute’s good faith efforts to engage in dialogue with FSC. The release relies entirely on the subjective and mistaken opinion of its lead executive, Kim Carstensen. Here are the facts:
Contrary to FSC’s characterization of our “unwillingness”, Resolute has repeatedly indicated that we are open to taking part in multi-party discussions on policies affecting forestry in Ontario and Quebec. Our initial statement confirmed our position.
In its February 4 press release, FSC International claimed that Resolute is “unwilling” to “engage in efforts to resolve the problems” we have expressed legitimate concerns about in good faith. However, FSC has failed to respond to these concerns since we first raised them in November. We’ve decided to publish all of the correspondence that has taken place since that time, so that those interested can learn the truth.
On January 28, 2016, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) published a report containing a number of inaccurate statements regarding Resolute. The report wrongly claims that significant forestlands, beyond the extensive areas already protected, could be set aside for protection with no impact on jobs and communities. Unfortunately, CPAWS has grossly distorted the facts to suit its agenda, emphasizing certain points while ignoring others. This report doesn’t just hurt Resolute and our employees – it omits key facts and misrepresents data to push for policy changes that would lead to serious consequences for First Nations and northern communities.
Although WWF and FSC continue to insist on good-faith collaboration, they have again launched a seemingly coordinated, public attack on Resolute without warning or consultation. That’s not collaborative, it’s not in good faith, and it’s at odds with the tenor and spirit of our productive, face-to-face meetings with WWF in the recent past. Resolute is one of many companies with legitimate and serious concerns over FSC processes, and yet the attacks—led by non-collaborative groups like Greenpeace, but sadly abetted by others—have focused almost exclusively on Resolute. Worse yet, the attacks rely on poor assumptions, flawed information, and skewed perspectives and motives. Here’s how.
A well-researched piece by Peter Kuitenbrouwer (“Battle for the Boreal”, Financial Post, December 3, 2015) on Resolute confronting challenges in Quebec’s Boreal Forest affirms what our customers, colleagues, and neighbors have long known: Resolute is dedicated to transparency and accountability in all that we do, and will continue to stand on these principles against any who would challenge our commitment to the region and its peoples.
Today, Resolute followed up on our December 2014 commitment to implement a new corporate sustainability reporting strategy – moving to a biannual online format that we believe will ensure up-to-date and easily accessible information for all stakeholders.
New TV documentary series explores the lives of forestry truckers – including one Resolute partner.
Helming a tractor trailer heavily loaded with fresh-cut spruce across rough logging roads in the winter is not for the faint of heart. But it’s just another day for the men behind the wheels of the massive transport trucks that move timber from harvested areas to the sawmills of Quebec.
To mark the 55th anniversary of the U.S. National Forest Products Week, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation praising paper and wood-based products for the value they lend in everyday life. Forest products manufacturers and organizations through the value chain are joining to Celebrate Forest Products (#CelebrateFP).
The town of Shawinigan is currently taking possession of Resolute’s closed Laurentide paper mill to prepare it for its new tenant, Nemaska Lithium.
Lithium is used to makes batteries for almost every rechargeable electronic device and portable tool as well as for electric car batteries. And it is the electronics market that is driving the global demand for lithium. A mining company, Nemaska Lithium, estimates the market for battery-grade lithium is predicted to grow 30% from 2012 to 2020.
In response to Weltspiegel, a program that recently aired on First German Public Television (ARD) and included inaccurate information about Resolute’s operations in Canada, we would like to clarify several points that were central to the story:
- Greenpeace and other like-minded activists claim that Resolute does not collaborate with First Nations. This allegation is categorically untrue. In Canada, we have close ties with over 39 First Nations communities in Ontario and Quebec. Most, if not all, of the forest management units where Resolute sources timber are fully or largely within areas that one or several First Nations have identified as their traditional land. Therefore, most, if not all, of Resolute’s forest management activities require prior collaboration and harmonization with one or more First Nations before these activities take place.
Over the last year or more, we announced a number of significant investments, including:
CALHOUN, TENNESSEE: US$105 million upgrade to our pulp and paper mill. The new digerester will significantly lower the mill’s operating costs while adding capacity. When it is implemented (ramp-up starts late 2015) we expect to have an additional 100,000 metric tons of market pulp available on an annualized basis.
We are excited to share that Resolute was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Health, Safety & Environment Program of the Year – in Canada and the U.S.A. and that our Vice President Environment and Climate Change, Pascale Lagacé, was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in Woman of the Year category in the 12th Annual International Business Awards!
The International Business Awards (IBAs) are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2015 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.
As previously posted, we are encouraged to read recent comments by Greenpeace that it is willing to engage Northern communities, workers, First Nations and governments in finding long-term sustainable solutions for the boreal. And we welcome this change of heart by Greenpeace.
In this spirit, Resolute welcomes a resumption of discussions, with the full inclusion of governments, communities, workers and First Nations. At the same time, we are asking Greenpeace to confirm that it will participate in this process. But until this happens, be sure that both Greenpeace and ForestEthics hear you by emailing them directly at act.resolutefp.com.
We are encouraged to read recent comments by Greenpeace that it is willing to engage Northern communities, workers, First Nations and governments in finding long-term sustainable solutions for the boreal. Clearly, Greenpeace has heard the voices of the people of the boreal.
Resolute has been consistent on the need for inclusive discussions, negotiations, and compromise solutions, developed in collaboration with governments, communities, workers and First Nations that lead to the most sustainable outcomes. And we welcome this change of heart by Greenpeace.
For the past two years, Greenpeace and ForestEthics have waged attack campaigns against Resolute and the people of the boreal forest. Resolute is demanding an end to their misinformation campaign and a seat at the table for the people who live and work in the boreal. If you want to make your voice heard, please visit act.resolutefp.com to send an email right now to Greenpeace and ForestEthics. We believe you deserve a voice.
Their market campaigning does not reflect on-the-ground forestry practices and sustainability leadership in Canada. It is based on inaccurate allegations. The fact that the Canadian boreal is considered among the best managed, if not THE best managed, forests in the world does not seem to matter to Greenpeace and ForestEthics.
In her recent blog post, “Business under an attack: Lessons from Resolute Forest Products”, Dr. Jaana Woiceshyn, a professor of business ethics and competitive strategy at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business offers an argument in support of businesses standing up against “bullying” from ENGO activist attacks. In particular, she writes about our CEO, Richard Garneau, and his response to recent attacks by ForestEthics.
At Resolute, safety and community relations go hand in hand. Having surpassed its milestone of 250,000 injury-free hours, our Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill team was awarded $5,000 in charitable donation dollars from Resolute’s Board of Directors Safety Award program. This year, the Joint Health and Safety Committee representing the workers and management chose to donate the proceeds to the upcoming Ronald McDonald House Charity Golf Tournament to be held in August.
JULY 25 UPDATE: Blog post: Business ethics professor offers her point of view on CEO Richard Garneau’s principled stand
JULY 23 UPDATE: Interview with Seth Kursman on The Greatest Threat to the Boreal is Misinformation.
JULY 22 UPDATE: The Tommy Schnurmacher Show (CJAD) on Environmental groups trying to take control of Canada’s forests
JULY 22 UPDATE: Read Peter Foster’s article on this subject published on July 22 in The Financial Post: At last, a Canadian corporate hero.
There is a threat to the boreal forest in Canada. It’s more dangerous than fire or insect infestation, and it’s more destructive to local communities, First Nations and workers than economic downturns or changing market conditions.
We carry it with us every day. We make memories with it. We package gifts in it. It holds our coffee. And now we are sharing the warmth and creativity that paper and paper-based packaging offers us all through the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds™ consumer campaign.
The Council of the Innu of Pessamit and Resolute signed a collaboration agreement to promote economic development for the First Nation and Resolute’s North Shore operations.
Signed on June 3, 2015 in Pessamit, the agreement, titled, A Balance Between the Protection of Nitassinan and Economic Development, provides mainly for the recruitment, training and hiring of Innu labor. Over the short and medium terms, members of the Pessamit community could benefit from dozens of job opportunities at Resolute operations. The agreement also provides for investment in Innu businesses in the forest, biofuel and wildlife industries.
On Wednesday, May 27th, close to 30 mayors and other elected officials from communities across Northern Ontario and Northern Quebec held a press conference in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, to highlight the inaccurate and deceptive anti-forestry campaign being waged by Greenpeace and other like-minded activists. Following the press conference, the regional leaders met with a range of federal officials and frankly discussed their concerns regarding market campaign activities, which specifically target the purchase of products from Canada’s boreal forest. The elected municipal officials highlighted Canada’s green credentials, its world leading forestry practices, and the socio-economic importance of the forest products industry to hundreds of communities across the country.
On May 14, 2015, Resolute signed a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Chief Wilfred King of the Gull Bay (Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek, or KZA) First Nation to identify and pursue new economic opportunities.
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.
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!
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.
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.