MONTREAL , May 6, 2013 (CNW) - Tembec supports the Guidelines for Sustainable Paper Products, released April 24 by GreenBlue, which provide the common language and framework the paper products industry needs to take practical and profitable steps toward sustainability.
The Guidelines for Sustainable Paper Products is a joint effort of GreenBlue, a non-profit organization that equips business with the science and resources to make products more sustainable, and its Forest Products Working Group, made up of ten leading companies including Tembec. The Guidelines provide much needed common definitions of sustainable paper products, and outline what sustainability means for the paper products industry, for its customers, and for the community at large.
The Guidelines envision a paper products industry in which every product is designed to be safe and healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle; sourced responsibly; manufactured, transported, and recycled using clean technology and renewable energy; and, after use, effectively recovered and recycled to provide a valuable resource for the next generation of products.
"Tembec worked with GreenBlue and other industry partners on the Guidelines for Sustainable Paper Products because we believe adopting a common language and shared values about sustainability will help our industry embrace sustainable development," said Chris Black , Tembec Executive Vice President and President, Paper and Paper Pulp Group. "This continues Tembec's long history of working with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure responsible stewardship of resources and sustainable operations."
The Guidelines provide the information companies need to evaluate the sustainability of their operations, identify opportunities for profitable improvement, and integrate life cycle thinking and sustainable criteria into business strategies.
The Guidelines will evolve over time, and Tembec will continue contributing to GreenBlue's Forest Products Working Group, whose other members are: Avery Dennison , Avon Products, Bank of America, Catalyst Paper, Domtar, HAVI Global Solutions, RR Donnelley, Sappi Fine Paper North America , and Staples.
For more on the Guidelines for Sustainable Paper Products click here.
Tembec is a manufacturer of forest products - lumber, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose - and a global leader in sustainable forest management practices. Principal operations are in Canada and France . Tembec has some 3,700 employees and annual sales of approximately $2 billion. Tembec is listed on the TSX (TMB).