Jun 13, 2012. /Lesprom Network/. Resolute Forest Products has become the largest manager of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified forests in the world, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom Network.
The Company recently certified 3.2 million hectares (7.9 million acres) of forestlands in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Canada, to the FSC Boreal Standard. This certification raises the total area of Resolute-managed FSC-certified forests in North America to 10.3 million hectares (25.6 million acres), an area twice the size of Nova Scotia and larger than Portugal, Hungary or South Korea.
"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 labelling system dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests. Co-founded in Canada by WWF in 1993, FSC works to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests.
"WWF congratulates Resolute for their FSC-certification achievement," said Gerald Butts, President and CEO, WWF-Canada. "This success, coupled with their commitment to the Climate Savers program, shows the value and importance of making conservation a business priority, and the critical role that corporations can and must play in addressing the major environmental challenges we are facing today."
Under the WWF Climate Savers Program, Resolute has pledged to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 65% below 2000 levels by 2015. Resolute also made a series of other commitments as part of its Climate Savers membership, including increasing its FSC certification to 80% by 2015. With the latest certification, Resolute has passed the halfway point in delivering on its 80% commitment.
Resolute Forest Products previously operated as AbitibiBowater. Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products.