Sustainability

Sustainability

Take a listen to sustainability thought leaders and how sustainability is embedded in everything we do at Domtar.

Episodes

Sustaining for the Future: How Landowners Manage Their Lands for Today and Tomorrow
Sep 08, 2020 Season 1 Episode 5

About This Episode

Our future is rooted in the forest. Sourcing wood responsibly and working hand in hand with landowners has been part of the Domtar sustainability story for many years. Listen as Donna Janssen, landowner discusses how their timberland has been sustainably managed by three generations of women.

You Don’t Want to Miss:

  • The value of a well-managed sustainable forest
  • How sustainability has changed over the years
  • Producing a sustainable crop of timber that helps the environment and wildlife
  • How the forest is used and preserving it for the next generation
Bogus or Benefit: Buzzwords in Sustainability
April 22, 2021 Season 2 Episode 10

About This Episode

We’ve heard words like eco-friendly, sustainability, greenwashing, carbon-neutral and many more. What do these words really mean? Consumers are becoming much more focused around what products they buy, how it’s sustainably made and the reputation of the company that makes it. In this episode, We speak to Paige Goff, VP of Sustainability at Domtar, and explore sustainability buzzwords’ true meaning. Learn how not to fall prey to greenwashing messages and dig deeper into how to make sustainable choices.

You Don’t Want to Miss:

  • How and why do companies exaggerate their sustainability practices?
  • Bogus sustainability buzzwords versus beneficial buzzwords
  • The real reason why a paper company is focused on sustainability.
  • The value of third party certification and why it’s important.
  • Beyond sustainability

Quotes from this Episode:

“A lot of companies say, ‘go green and don’t use paper because it’s good for the environment,’ when in fact, what they’re really saying is it’s going to be cheaper for us. We all need to cut costs and make sure that we’re viable for the next day forward. The main thing is that you just need to be honest about it and that the reason why you want to use less paper may not necessarily be because it’s good for the environment. It’s more because you’re trying to save money.”

-Paige Goff, VP of Sustainability, Domtar Paper

“A lot of people use logos that they’ve created on their own, which doesn’t mean anything and makes you feel like it might be third-party verified. This is misleading. 100% sustainable sounds good but there’s no regulation around some of these words. If you don’t have a definition or description, why are you 100% sustainable?”

-Paige Goff, VP of Sustainability, Domtar Paper

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Real-World Lessons about Sustainability from the Rainforest Alliance
April 22, 2021 Season 2 Episode 11

About This Episode

The very nature of sustainability is complex and continuously evolving. That’s why it’s so important to have an advocate like the Rainforest Alliance, an international non-profit organization at the intersection of business, agriculture, and forests, to make responsible business the new normal. In this episode, we speak to Samantha Morrissey, Sector Lead, Forest Products for the Rainforest Alliance. Listen as she provides actionable advice on what individuals and businesses can do to make more environmentally responsible decisions.

We explore sustainable practices and how sustainability is more than just environmental issues.

You Don’t Want to Miss:

  • How the pandemic has affected sustainability
  • The Rainforest Alliance’s holistic approach to sustainability and making responsible business the new normal.
  • The human and the environmental aspects of deforestation and climate change.
  • How small everyday purchasing decisions can lead to bigger change.
  • How consumer demand drives sustainability in business and supply chains.
  • Misconceptions about sustainability
  • Generational differences and attitudes towards sustainability.

Quotes from this Episode:

“We recognize that sustainability is a progression of learning and continuous improvement and that through these alliances that we form, we must investigate and understand and work together to address the root causes of the unsustainable practices. This will lead us to a world where we all thrive together.”

-Samantha Morrissey, Sector Lead, Forest Products, Rainforest Alliance

“I think the pandemic has really exposed the vulnerable vulnerabilities of our just in time globalized supply chains, which have historically prioritized timing cost over sustainability and resilience.”

 -Samantha Morrissey, Sector Lead, Forest Products, Rainforest Alliance

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How a Commercial Printer Sets Themselves Apart with Sustainable Print Practices
May 03, 2021 Season 2 Episode 12

About This Episode

Sustainable print practices is not a term you hear very often or the fact that a commercial printer has created a Carbon Neutral Printing Program. Hemlock printers is not your everyday print provider. They have a mission rooted in innovation and providing sustainable print options while providing the lowest environmental footprint. Sustainability is integrated into all parts of their business and they even have a dedicated Sustainability Specialist on staff. Join us as we talk to Richard Kouwenhoven, President & COO and Amanda Chor, Sustainability Specialist at Hemlock.

You Don’t Want to Miss:

  • Sustainability as a competitive differentiator and business builder.
  • How Hemlock created a Carbon Neutral Printing Program
  • How sustainable print operations work hand in hand with social purpose and the health of our planet.
  • The importance of partnerships in building a sustainability strategy.

Quotes from this Episode: 

“We see kind of a new category of client emerging which are, which you wouldn’t have a suspect would be buying a lot of print because there’s so technology and online focus, but they’re using print, to communicate their brand value through curated messages. They’ve chosen print because they want to tailor a message that is going to be a high impact. Those kinds of pieces definitely instill a lot of pride among the staff, because we’re attracting big names in the in the business world. And they’re, they’re choosing us to do the work. Our reputation as a sustainability leader is kind of helping us win that business.” 

 Richard Kouwenhoven, President & COO

“A tip that I would probably share is taking a look and researching external frameworks to assist any business in creating more of a sustainability focus. An example that I would like to go over would probably be the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These have really helped guide our sustainability strategy moving forward. And I think it would also help other businesses.”

 Amanda Chor, Sustainability Specialist

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