Powell River mill owner named among Canada’s 50 best corporate citizens

Catalyst Paper Corporation wins award

Paper Excellence Canada today announced that Catalyst Paper Corporation (wholly owned by Paper Excellence), has been voted among Canada’s best 50 corporate citizens by Corporate Knights.

According to a media release from Paper Excellence Canada, this is the 13th time Catalyst Paper, which operates pulp and paper facilities in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River, has achieved the Best 50 Award with Corporate Knights. 

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Graham Kissack, Paper Excellence vice president of communications and health and safety, stated the Best 50 Award is judged using 21 key performance indicators that relate to the organization’s raw resource use, emissions profile, innovation, women in key positions, safety performance, and percentage of revenue from clean sources.

“We’re extremely proud to be part of this group of leading Canadian companies demonstrating that sustainable business practices can be both profitable, while offering long term stability and protection of our ecosystems,” stated Kissack.

In 2019, Catalyst Paper achieved a 74 per cent reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions relative to 1990 while using an energy basket made up of more than 90 per cent renewables, according to Kissack. Further, 42 per cent of the organization’s solid waste is beneficially reused or recycled, while more than 22 percent of its electricity comes from self-generated green power.

Catalyst Paper’s products are certified to numerous independent sustainable forestry standards including the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), according to Kissack. 

More information on the award program can be found at corporateknights.com/reports/best-50. 

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