Specialty cellulose

Best practices

Sound stewardship of resources is good for the environment and the community at large. It is good business too, and will help to ensure the future of our company.

We’re committed to improving our environmental performance

Our corporate vision is clear: Tembec will be an industry leader in value creation by being the best steward of resources — human, capital and forest.

Initiatives such as using biomass, residual liquors from pulping, wastewater sludge and biogas as bioenergy – which reduces fossil fuel usage and acts on carbon and climate change – have become second nature for Tembec. They also improve our efficiency and costs.

As a sustainability steward, Tembec is committed to continuous improvement of our environmental performance in the broad sense. Examples of this commitment:

  • Tembec’s environmental policy and environmental management program ensure legal sourcing of fiber.
  • Our extensive stewardship program is geared toward maintaining and improving wildlife habitat while reducing our overall environmental footprint.
  • We were the first major Canadian forest product company to obtain ISO 14001 for our environmental management system.
  • Our Environment, Health and Safety Committee actively ensures a safe and healthy working environment for all employees.

The great majority of our people work at operations located in regions where forests, waterways and wildlife are the defining features. So we naturally want to sustain that way of life, and protect the environment where we live and play. In many cases, Tembec operations are literally in our own backyards, so all this is very real to us.

Engagement with environmental and community groups

We have a long history of nurturing close relationships with environmental organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund - Canada, Wildsight, Canadian Parks and Wildnerness Society and the Canadian Boreal Initiative. And through these relationships, Tembec has contributed to the protection of thousands of hectares of prime wildlife habitat.

We also feel it is important to work closely with First Nations and Métis to foster a collaborative and mutually beneficial use of the forests under our care. The shared sense of responsibility has allowed us to develop long-term relationships on a strong foundation.