MONTREAL—Resolute Forest Products has certified an additional 3.5 million hectares of company-managed forest in Quebec to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. The company said that the new certifications raise the total area of Resolute tenures that are FSC-certified in North America to 15.8 million hectares, an area larger than Greece and twice the size of Ireland.
The newly-certified areas include 2.2 million hectares in the Baie-Comeau region of Côte-Nord and 1.3 million hectares in the Senneterre region of Abitibi, the latter representing a joint certification with Tembec.
Resolute has committed to increasing FSC certification of its forest tenures from 18 percent in 2010 to 80 percent in 2015. As of today, the company has certified about 65 percent of its forests to FSC standards. As well, the company said that 100 percent of the forests managed by Resolute are already certified to at least one of three internationally-recognized responsible forest management standards—FSC, Canadian Standards Association (CSA Z809) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
“Obtaining FSC certification for an area this size is a major milestone,” said Richard Garneau, the company’s president and CEO. “The dedication of our forestry teams has been instrumental in Resolute becoming the largest manager of FSC-certified forests in the world. Such an achievement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to responsibly managing the natural resources in our care.”
FSC is an international certification and labelling system dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. Co-founded in Canada by the World Wildlife Fund in 1993, FSC works to endorse environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management. FSC is an important example of partnership between environmental organizations and businesses.