Domtar’s Commitment to Sustainable Forestry
Since 2008, WWF has worked with Domtar, the largest integrated manufacturer of uncoated paper in North America, to promote responsible forestry and trade as a means to advance forest conservation.
As the first pulp and paper company participant in WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network – North America (GFTN-NA), Domtar has made a commitment to eliminate any unknown or controversial sources of fiber in its supply chain and progressively increase the amount of certified fiber sourced over time.
Domtar believes that the choices we make today should leave the forests that we depend on, and the communities we’re a part of, better off for the long term. Domtar Pulp & Paper’s Sustainable Forestry Principles help make this belief a reality by requiring transparency, collaboration and accountability in all of its transactions.
Empowering Family Landowners to Adopt Forest Stewardship Council Certification
For forest product companies like Domtar, the beginning of the supply chain is in the hands of hundreds of small forest landowners. Engaging and supporting these landowners pose great challenges, but are huge opportunities for the environment if it can be effectively executed.
Through an initiative with the Four States Timberland Owners Association (FSTOA), Domtar partners with its customers and environmental organizations like WWF to provide financial support and expert guidance to help with the third-party certification process.
The FSTOA, through one-on-one-outreach to small landowners, has helped to certify more than half a million acres of southeast forestland to date. Overall, Domtar has distributed more than 6.5 million tons of FSC-certified fiber through its operations in the U.S. and Canada.
Domtar is pleased to support WWF with an annual contribution of $425,000 from the sale of its FSC-certified EarthChoice® products.
Why We Are Working Together
Forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet. They provide vital oxygen, help maintain air quality and serve as homes for wildlife, plant species and people. Many of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals live in forests, and millions of people rely on the benefits forests offer, including food and fresh water.
But forests around the world are under threat from deforestation and degradation, jeopardizing these benefits. Deforestation and degradation come in many forms, including fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching and development, unsustainable logging for timber and degradation due to climate change.
WWF and Domtar are working together to support global conservation programs and protect important forest ecosystems. As a corporate partner that has donated more than $3.5 million to WWF, Domtar has been named a Million Dollar Panda, helping to generate critical funding for conservation programs worldwide.