Submitted by Domtar
Partners to encourage public adoption of FSC-certified products like the Domtar EarthChoice® line of environmentally responsible papers
TORONTO - April 26, 2007 "“ WWF-Canada and Domtar have taken their partnership to new heights with an ambitious agreement that solidifies their joint commitment to ensuring the long-term conservation of the Canadian boreal forest, a globally significant forest region. Through this agreement, WWF-Canada "“ one of the world’s leading conservation organizations "“ will work with Domtar on the following areas:
"Domtar's commitment to sustainable forest management has long been one of the cornerstones of our business strategy," affirmed Raymond Royer, President and CEO of Domtar. "This new agreement will enable us to bring our commitment a step further by working in partnership with WWF-Canada to continue implementing FSC certification, to protect the long-term health of these forestlands, and to encourage public adoption of FSC-certified products like the Domtar EarthChoice line of papers."
Domtar has been working in partnership with WWF-Canada since November 2003 when it became the first Canadian-based fine papers company to pledge to certify all of its forests and mills to the rigorous FSC standard. Since then, Domtar has achieved FSC certification for 5 million hectares of its forestland, setting an example for others to follow in meeting the challenges of sustainable forest management. The company has also already voluntarily identified areas for protection equivalent to three times the size of Toronto, in addition to government regulated protected areas in their forests. Through this agreement, Domtar and WWF-Canada will continue to identify additional areas for protection within the boreal forest.
"A key part of this agreement involves the joint identification of areas for protection on lands managed by Domtar in the boreal forest, a region that plays a vital role on a global scale for carbon storage, regulating water supply, and providing a home for plants and animals," said Mike Russill, President and CEO, WWF-Canada. "Our partnership with Domtar will also address the management of important conservation values and habitat for key species such as caribou."
Responsible purchasing with Domtar EarthChoice
Responsible purchasing is on the rise in North America as a growing number of corporations and consumers give preference to products that support socially and environmentally responsible practices. Now, more than ever, business leaders and consumers can be assured that they are making a responsible choice when they select paper that is FSC-certified "“ the only standard endorsed by 85 of the world's leading environmental groups.
"We believe that internationally recognized, third-party certification of all our activities is the most effective means to provide our customers with objective assurance that the products they purchase come from forests that are managed in a responsible and sustainable way," added Domtar CEO Raymond Royer. "Our line of Domtar EarthChoice papers bridges the gap between sustainability and recycling by ensuring that both the virgin fibre and recycled fibre in our papers are FSC-certified."
Domtar supports CN Tower Climb to help fight global warming
To symbolize the "new heights" reached by this agreement, the Domtar EarthChoice team will join WWF-Canada CEO Mike Russill on Saturday April 28 to climb the stairs of the CN Tower. They will be joined by 5,000 Canadians for WWF-Canada’s most important fundraising event, which aims to fight global warming, the single biggest environmental threat facing our world today.
Founded in 1967, WWF-Canada has become one of the country’s leading conservation organizations, enjoying the active support of more than 100,000 Canadians. WWF-Canada’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. To learn more, visit www.wwf.ca.
About Domtar Corporation
Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX: UFS) is the largest integrated producer of uncoated freesheet paper and one of the largest manufacturers of papergrade market pulp in North America. The company designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes a wide range of business, commercial printing, publication, and technical and specialty papers under recognized brands such as First Choice®, Domtar Microprint®, Windsor Offset®, Cougar®, as well as its full line of environmentally and socially responsible papers, Domtar EarthChoice®. Domtar owns and operates Domtar Distribution Group, an extensive network of strategically located paper distribution facilities. Domtar also produces lumber and other specialty and industrial wood products. The Company employs nearly 14,000 people (more than 7,000 across the United States and approximately 6,500 in Canada). To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.
Domtar is the largest manufacturer of uncoated freesheet papers in North America. Domtar's EarthChoiceÂ® product line is the most extensive selection of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified business and printing papers available in North America. EarthChoiceÂ® products can help communicate your message of corporate responsibility and concern for the environment.
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