By: Cindy Macdonald, editor
Richmond, BC – Catalyst Paper has been named one of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights Magazine, which reports on corporate sustainability and transparency.
“We are proud to be acknowledged for the 11th consecutive year as one of Canada’s best corporate citizens,” said Graham Kissack, vice-president, corporate social responsibility. “Our leading sustainability performance and transparent disclosure means we provide leading brands with confidence in Catalyst’s growing line of paper and packaging products.”
The Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada are selected by Corporate Knights Magazine on the basis of their performance against 14 key sustainability indicators, including greenhouse gas productivity, percentage of taxes paid, health and safety performance, pension fund, supply chain and clean air productivity.
According to the pulp and paper maker’s 2016 corporate social responsibility report, some examples of its commitment to sustainability are:
- Shutting-down a steam-generating boiler at its Biron mill, eliminating the use of high-sulphur coal, and significantly reducing mill and corporate-wide greenhouse gas emissions
- Implementing a new turbine that provided additional green energy generation from previously unharnessed low-pressure steam
- Maintaining ongoing partnerships with 12 environmental organizations and groups
- Improving safety performance through the reduction of lost-time incident and severity rates
In 2016, Catalyst operations made a $3.7 billion economic impact, and generated 12,600 direct and indirect jobs. Catalyst Paper has three mills in British Columbia, and two in the United States.