Cascades honours suppliers' sustainable development

Sustainable Supplier Award lets Cascades showcase sustainability efforts of suppliers

February 6, 2012
by Purchasing b2b staff

KINGSEY FALLS, QC: Cascades has named the winners of the third edition of its Sustainable Supplier Award, a contest that acknowledges the commitment of its suppliers towards sustainable development. Two suppliers, Henkel and BASF, earned top honours. Initiated by Cascades’ corporate procurement department, the award enables the company to publicly underline the efforts of suppliers who have a positive impact on its products, processes, methods and manufacturing. Cascades assessed projects based on environmental, social and economic impact.

“If our products comply with the highest environmental standards, it is partly due to our partners who provide concrete solutions and who help us apply them,” said Alain Lemaire, president and CEO of Cascades. The award ceremony was held during the annual meeting of Cascades plant managers in North America.

The winners

Henkel supplies adhesives, sealants and surface treatment. Cascades said the company has a strong concern for the environment, continuous improvement of processes and product quality. Its publications on sustainable development and its methodology “Achieving More With Less” shows its philosophy in this regard. Cascades has rewarded Henkel for work in several Cascades Tissue Group plants. After reviewing the group’s manufacturing processes, Henkel proposed improvements enabling it to optimize processes, increase equipment speed, reduce glue consumption and improve product quality.

German company BASF has become one of Cascades’ largest chemical suppliers. BASF projects were carried out in Norampac’s containerboard plants. The use of new technology not only enabled an increase in this group’s productivity, but a reduction in the basis weight of its products and a reduction in the quantity of energy required to manufacture them. These improvements allow the company to stay competitive, said Cascades.