Domtar’s newly released 2017 Sustainability Report details our efforts to take a longer view of creating and preserving value for our shareholders, customers, employees and communities. The report highlights our priorities, challenges and progress by focusing on three main areas: Caring for People and Communities, Efficient Manufacturing, and Responsible Sourcing and Logistics.
“Our various stakeholders believe, as we do, that caring about our environment, our communities and our people helps us better meet our business objectives and deliver returns for the long term,” said John D. Williams, Domtar’s president and CEO. “At Domtar, everyone has a role in sustainability. We do not want sustainability to be an annex. We want it to be integrated into our everyday management.”
That commitment to integration has resulted in numerous accomplishments, including:
- A 53 percent reduction in recordable safety incidents since 2008
- A 33 percent reduction in landfill waste from pulp and paper mills since 2013
- More than 4,000 hours contributed by employees at company-sponsored events
- A 13 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at pulp and paper mills since 2010
- A 5 percent reduction in water use at pulp and paper mills since 2012
Caring for People and Communities
Domtar employees are actively engaged in improving safety by using safety techniques that address potential hazards before they result in an injury. In 2016, employees logged more than 290,000 leading safety activities across the company, such as reporting potential unsafe acts and conducting pre-task risk assessments. This approach helps reinforce a culture of employee engagement and contributes to reducing the number and severity of injuries.
Our role in our communities goes beyond that of principal employer. For every 100 jobs in our facilities, 325 jobs are created in the community. And within our communities, Domtar contributes thousands of dollars and thousands of hours to improving lives through efforts focused on literacy, health and wellness, and sustainability.
Domtar’s three-part approach to reducing our energy needs and improving sustainability is yielding results. We have converted most of our carbon-intensive, coal-powered boilers to cleaner-burning, less carbon-intensive natural gas. We also are improving efficiency across our mill system and are optimizing our generation of electric power.
As a result, 75 percent of the energy used in Domtar pulp and paper mills comes from renewable biomass sources; it’s largely generated from wood processing and pulping byproducts.
Responsible Sourcing and Logistics
Domtar’s demand for locally sourced wood creates incentives for landowners to keep forests as forests. Our collaboration with landowners and other partners promotes sustainable forest management and third-party certification, which helps ensure responsible forest management.
We have continued to meet 34 percent of our fiber needs with certified wood, including 19 percent from Forest Stewardship Council-certified (FSC) sources, even as overall FSC acreage has declined in the United States.
2017 Sustainability Report
Domtar’s 2017 Sustainability Report, “Working Smart for the Long Term,” was prepared in accordance with the core option of the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. This framework encourages companies to thoughtfully focus their sustainability reports on the issues that matter most to their customers, employees, shareholders and other stakeholders.
Making products for which there is growing demand, leveraging our access to renewable wood fiber, repurposing our assets for biorefining and turning byproducts into new revenue streams have become central to Domtar’s plan for long-term sustainable growth.