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MONTREAL, Sept 23, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX: UFS) announced today that it has marked a significant milestone with the sale of its millionth ton of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper. This achievement is a direct result of the commitment Domtar made nearly a decade ago to pursue FSC certification for all of its forests and facilities.
Since the company's first FSC-certified ton was manufactured in 2002, Domtar's offering has evolved from one product to a full line of environmentally and socially responsible papers, known collectively as Domtar EarthChoice(R). Today, the EarthChoice family includes a wide range of products for a variety of end uses, including copying, printing, mailing, publishing and more.
"Domtar EarthChoice(R) papers are one of Domtar's strongest statements about our commitment to responsible environmental practices and I am proud to say that some of the most recognized companies and brands in the world have chosen EarthChoice to put on paper their own commitment to sustainability," said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer. "I would like to thank our nearly 10,500 employees, our loyal customers and our supplier partners for helping us reach this milestone. I look forward to continuing to make EarthChoice the responsible choice for years to come."
All Domtar EarthChoice(R) products are certified to FSC standards, publicly supported by WWF-Canada and endorsed by Rainforest Alliance. Domtar has earned this endorsement by not only committing itself to the FSC certification of the forests it manages but also by increasing the amount of FSC-certified fiber procured from suppliers.
Tensie Whelan, President of Rainforest Alliance, said, "The Domtar EarthChoice(R) commitment has brought sustainability into the mainstream with more than one million tons of Rainforest Alliance/FSC-certified product sold. This has been good for business for Domtar, bringing the company new customers and sales, as well as good business for the trees - on which we depend for water, carbon sequestration, and wildlife habitat. Thanks a million, EarthChoice!"
Gerald Butts, President and CEO of WWF-Canada added, "As an early adopter of FSC certification - the most rigorous and widely endorsed forest certification standard - for all its forests and facilities, Domtar has proved itself a true leader in environmental responsibility. We congratulate them on the success of the EarthChoice product line and celebrate the millionth ton of FSC-certified Domtar paper in the marketplace."
"The choice Domtar and others are making for FSC is generating concrete social and environmental benefits for the world's forests and the people who depend on them. The sale of the first million tons of FSC-certified paper is another landmark in the company's commitment to sustainability. Congratulations to Domtar for its leadership and to its entire staff for making this a reality," said Andre de Freitas, Executive Director of FSC International.
Domtar currently has over 40 FSC-certified sites, including 11 paper mills, three market pulp mills, 14 offsite converting operations as well as regional replenishment centers located across its North American manufacturing footprint. Thanks to this network, the Domtar EarthChoice(R) line continues to expand and help meet increasing customer demand for more responsible paper products in the marketplace.
For more information about Domtar EarthChoice(R), visit www.domtarearthchoice.com.
Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX:UFS) is the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and the second largest in the world based on production capacity, and is also a manufacturer of papergrade, fluff and specialty pulp. The Company designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide range of business, commercial printing and publishing as well as converting and specialty papers including recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque, Husky® Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice® Office Paper, part of a family of environmentally and socially responsible papers. Domtar owns and operates Domtar Distribution Group, an extensive network of strategically located paper distribution facilities. Domtar also produces lumber and other specialty and industrial wood products. The Company employs nearly 10,500 people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.
All statements in this press release that are not based on historical fact are “forward-looking statements.” While management has based any forward-looking statements contained herein on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are outside of our control that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not necessarily limited to, those set forth under the captions “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” of the latest Form 10-K filed with the SEC as periodically updated by subsequently filed Form 10-Q’s. Unless specifically required by law, we assume no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect new events or circumstances.
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