By: The Working Forest Staff
Nanaimo, BC – Mosaic Forest Management Corporation today released its annual sustainability progress report, documenting achievements against key sustainability criteria in the 2020 business year, one marked by the challenges and disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Despite all the challenges associated with the pandemic, we made solid progress on our environmental and social goals in 2020,” said Mosaic President and CEO Jeff Zweig. “We are proud of what we accomplished over the course of the year, consistent with our strong commitment to responsible, sustainable forestry practices.”
Key achievements highlighted in the report include:
- Achieving best safety performance in company history, with a lowest-ever medical incident rate of 0.82 on 1.47 million person-hours worked.
- Planting 11.2 million seedlings.
- Achieving certification of our entire land base by the Carbon Trust (including Scope 1, 2, and selected Scope 3 emissions).
- Becoming the first forestry company in BC to achieve silver-level in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations Certification from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
- Providing comprehensive leadership training to all people managers in the company.
- Reducing on-site burning of woody debris by a further 9.7%, for a total reduction of over 26% since 2018.
- Donating $345,000 to community organizations across Coastal BC, including supporting wildlife and fish habitat improvement through a $100,000 donation to the Pacific Salmon Foundation and $140,000 to the Marmot Recovery Foundation.
As part of the sustainability benchmarking, Mosaic’s performance is reviewed and certified by six independent national and international bodies, including the Sustainable Forest Initiative®, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, BC Forest Safety Council, ISO 14001, and the Carbon Trust.
Mosaic’s 2020 Sustainability Progress Report is available at www.mosaicforests.com/sustainabilityreport