The company released its 2017 Sustainability Report today, detailing the company’s endeavors to take a longer term view of creating and preserving value for our shareholders, customers, employees and communities.
The report focuses on the areas of Caring for People and Communities, Efficient Manufacturing, and Responsible Sourcing and Logistics. It details the company’s priorities, challenges and progress via engaging stories and stunning visuals, making the piece approachable for different audiences.
“Our various stakeholders believe, as do we, that caring about our environment, our communities and our people helps us better meet our business objectives and deliver returns for the long term,” explained John D. Williams,
That commitment to integration resulted in key accomplishments highlighted in the 2017 report, including:
- 53 percent reduction in recordable safety incidents since 2008.
- 33 percent reduction in waste to landfill at pulp and paper mills since 2013.
- 4,000+ hours contributed by employees at company-sponsored events.
- 13 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at pulp and paper mills since 2010.
- 5 percent reduction in water use at pulp and paper mills since 2012.
Caring for People and Communities
The company’s role in communities goes beyond that of principal employer. For every 100 jobs in the
Domtar’s three-part approach to improving the sustainability of its energy consumption is yielding results. The company has converted most of its carbon-intensive, coal-powered boilers to cleaner-burning and less carbon-intensive natural gas. The company is also improving efficiency across its mill system and is optimizing its self-generation of electric power.
As a result, 75 percent of the energy used in
Responsible Sourcing and Logistics
Domtar’s demand for locally sourced wood creates incentives for landowners to keep forests as forests. The company’s collaboration with landowners and other partners promotes the benefits of sustainable forest management and third-party certification, which provides an additional level of assurance of responsible forest management.
The company has continued to meet 34 percent of its fiber needs with certified wood, including 19 percent from Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)-certified sources, even as overall FSC acres have declined in
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.
To view more information on the company’s sustainability practices, including the full report, please visit domtar.com/sustainability.
Statements in this release about our plans, expectations and future performance, including the statements by Mr. Williams and those contained under “Outlook,” are “forward-looking statements.” Actual results may differ materially from those suggested by these statements for a number of reasons, including changes in customer demand and pricing, changes in manufacturing costs, future acquisitions and divestitures, including facility closings, and the other reasons identified under “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-K for 2016 as filed with the
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