Domtar wins two 2013 AF&PA sustainability awards

Domtar was recognized for its commitment to environmental and safety excellence before top industry executives at the American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) 2013 annual meeting held in Charleston, SC, in early November.

These are designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives, and are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories. We received the AF&PA’s 2013 safety award for our hazard mapping program at the Ashdown Mill and the sustainable forest management award for the FSC certification program with southern timberland owners. Only five companies received awards, and we are the only company to win two.

“Domtar’s approach to safety at the individual level is part of their overall culture, allowing them to repeatedly achieve high safety standards,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Domtar’s dedication to achieving certification for private forestland owners in the four-southern-state area speaks to their forward-thinking approach to collaboration between the forest products industry and third-party sustainable forest management certification groups.”

The Hazardous Mapping Program at the Ashdown Mill began in 2011 and involved specialized training, compiling information, developing electronic symbols and systematic area mapping. Since the program’s implementation, 324 hazards have been eliminated. Ashdown achieved a 1.07 recordable incident rate in 2012, making it the best year for safety in its 45-year history.

Domtar formed the Four States Timberland Owners Association in 2010 to educate landowners and managers on how to obtain sustainable forest management certification. Domtar and 55 individual landowners representing more than 70,000 acres of forestland achieved certification in November 2012. The Association is aiming to double the amount of certified acreage in 2013.

“This sustainability recognition for our Ashdown Mill is something we can all share, as it speaks to the values of agility, caring and innovation upon which we are building a business for the long haul,” noted John D. Williams, President and CEO. “The Ashdown Mill’s hazard mapping and support for group FSC certification are perfect examples of how transformational sustainability at Domtar is truly a grassroots, collaborative effort.”