Domtar releases annual sustainability report; company to improve sourcing transparency and cost effectiveness of fiber certification via technology, apply its full-cost-of-water model at all pulp/paper plants, and reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2050

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FORT MILL, South Carolina , March 31, 2022 (press release) –

For more than 20 years, Domtar has put sustainability at the heart of everything we do. Our newest sustainability report details our sustainability priorities for the years ahead. We have developed these sustainability priorities through the leadership of our cross-company Environmental, Social and Governance Committee and with input from a wide variety of stakeholders.

“We’ve identified six broad priority areas,” says Paige Goff, vice president for sustainability. “This approach will shape our strategy and specific goals moving forward. They include how we monitor and manage the effects of operations for our employees, customers, suppliers, communities and consumers.”

Our sustainability priorities also align with our efforts to responsibly use natural resources and reduce the long-term effects of our operations on the natural environment.

We will focus our work on the following key areas:

Verified Fiber Sourcing

We will leverage technology to bring enhanced transparency to the sourcing and movement of fiber through our supply chain, and by doing so, make tomorrow’s fiber certification schemes more cost-effective and predictable. We plan to begin this process while continuing to increase the use of certified fiber by working with landowners and staying at the forefront of forest management best practices.

Net Zero Emissions by 2050

We are working to develop a credible pathway to become a net zero emitter of greenhouse gases by 2050. This effort complements our positive advocacy with governments regarding future climate-related legislation and regulations.

Water Stewardship Goal by 2030

Now that we have developed a full-cost-of-water model, the next step is to apply that model at all our pulp and paper manufacturing operations as part of our water stewardship roadmap towards 2030. We will bring the same rigor and discipline that we use to efficiently manage fuel, chemicals and fiber to our stewardship of water, given the interconnectedness of these vital resources.

Employee Safety

We will maintain our best-in-class safety culture that incorporates industry-leading methods and tools to foster the safe workplace our employees, contractors and visitors deserve. We will continue to execute awareness and prevention programs to eliminate the potential for life-altering hazards, minimize injury and identify safety risks before they occur. In addition, we will sharpen our focus to reduce the severity of incidents, beyond the scope of numbers of incidents.

Community Engagement

We support the communities in which we live, work and play through monetary contributions to local programs to provide long-lasting community benefits. We will continue to encourage our employees to volunteer in activities that enhance the well-being of our communities, both in everyday life and in times of extraordinary need.

Diversity and Inclusion

We value a workforce that better reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and advances a culture of inclusivity in which everyone’s contributions are recognized and appreciated. Together, we strive to become a model of inclusion and diversity in our industry, connecting us closer to our customers, supplier partners, employees and communities.

Learn more about our sustainability performance and our commitment to these sustainability priorities in our newest publication.

 

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