Doing business the right way
Corporate Social Responsibility Report
Nov 30, 2007 | 16:43:48
Tembec stands out among forestry companies for innovation and commitment to environmental stewardship. The company is the world’s largest holder of Forest Stewardship Council(FSC)certification, an internationally recognized system of forest management standards. At its manufacturing facilities and forest licence areas, the company has implemented Impact Zero and Forever Green, environmental management programs that aim to promote sustainable operation consistent with FSC standards.
Tembec has also established positive relations with a number of First Nations communities in and near its licence areas, and has likewise engaged with a range of environmental groups, including the World Wildlife Fund, on forestry issues in Canada’s boreal forest.
A Catalyst Paper
• Catalyst has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to sustainability. Corporate social responsibility has been formally enshrined in its core values.
• The company released its line of carbon-neutral paper, Catalyst Cooled, in June. The paper is considered carbon neutral thanks to a 70 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels and investment in ecosystem restoration.
A– Kinross Gold
• Kinross has developed a detailed set of CSR guidelines and principles making it a leader in its peer group.
• The company participated in the development of the International Cyanide Management Code for gold producers. This code promotes responsible use of cyanide in metal extraction, to protect human health, and reduce potential for environmental harm.
A– Teck Cominco
• Teck Cominco’s commitment to the environment and community consultation is outlined in its annual sustainability report.
• At its Trail smelter in British Columbia, Teck Cominco has created an electronics waste recycling facility that can recycle up to 20,000 tonnes of e-waste per year. However, local communities have raised concerns over its emissions and violations of the Clean Water Act at its Red Dog mine in Alaska.
• Cascades has made a strong commitment to producing paper from recycled products, and it sources 95 per cent of its virgin paper from forest management certified sources.
• The company has been above average in its level of community donations in past years, and has also invested significantly in employee training, as well as developing several greener versions of existing products: biodegradable plastic food containers, and pig maternity mats made from recycled fibres for use in the agriculture industry.
B+ Harry Winston
• Harry Winston owns 40 per cent of the Diavik mine(operated by Rio Tinto), which has implemented programs for consulting with and providing jobs and business contracts to Aboriginal people, as well as setting targets for increasing Aboriginal participation in its workforce.
• Harry Winston is exposed to issues concerning “conflict diamonds,” and needs to demonstrate its commitment to protect human rights through its supply chain.
• Norbord produces a radiant energy sheathing product, Solar Board, used in roof construction. Solar Board is designed to reflect radiant energy from the sun, thereby reducing the need for indoor cooling in warm climates and conserving energy.
• The company maintains strong work/life programs for employees, such as child- and eldercare referral services, job sharing, flextime and compressed workweeks. It has an employment equity policy, rare in this sector, and a significant level of gender diversity at senior executive and board level.
• Canfor’s public statement on sustainability recognizes its need to maintain its “social licence to operate,” and commits to conducting its community activities, health and safety programs, and environmental management consistently with that concept.
• The company’s sustainability report details both positive and negative aspects of its record, showing laudable accountability.
B FNX Mining Company
• FNX consults with Aboriginal communities affected by its operations. In Ontario, it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Wahnapitae First Nation, and is negotiating an impact and benefit agreement prior to going into production.