Following a recent certification of a section of forestlands in Québec, Resolute Forest Products became the largest manager of FSC certified forests in North America this week.
Under the new agreement, Resolute now manages a total of 10.3 million hectares (25.6 million acres) on the continent, an area twice the size of Nova Scotia and larger than Portugal, Hungary or South, Korea reported Pulp And Paper Canada.
“Becoming the world’s largest FSC holder is a major milestone in our efforts to become a positive force for sustainability within the forest products industry,” stated Richard Garneau, Resolute’s president and CEO. “Resolute’s growing commitment to FSC complements other key sustainability initiatives, including the Company’s membership in WWF’s Climate Savers Program, which helps companies set and achieve ambitious emission reduction targets, as well as membership in the landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.
FSC is an international certification and labeling system dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. This means that forests are evaluated to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards. Fibre from certified forests is then tracked all the way to the consumer through the FSC Chain of Custody system. FSC certified wood, paper and other forest products are then sold with the FSC logo by certified companies in the marketplace.
This isn’t the only step that Resolute has taken to ensure sustainable forestry recently. Earlier this month the company signed on to a plan with several forest industry and conservation groups to protect an 835,000 hectare section of the Abitibi River forest for threatened woodland caribou and maintain a 2.2 million hectare area for sustainable forest practices.
Resolute Forest Products, which previously operated as AbitibiBowater, produces a diverse range of products, including newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products. Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to sustainable forest management standards, reported Pulp and Paper Canada.