We were leaders here long before “green” became a buzzword. In 2000, Tembec was the first major Canadian forest products company to implement across all of its operations an Environmental Management System (EMS) that complies with the ISO 14001 standard.
Internationally recognized best management practices
Our EMS provides a rigorous management structure that is applied in all Tembec manufacturing and forest operations under our control. The EMS is an internationally recognized set of environmental best management practices that guides all activities that have a relationship with the environment. The EMS facilitates the achievement of important environmental objectives and programs, such as maximizing environmental performance in manufacturing, and maintaining Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification in all forestry operations.
All Tembec manufacturing and forestry operations are required to maintain an ISO-14001 certifiable EMS. In 2011 the Temiscaming and Matane operations were certified to the standard. The EMS implemented by Tembec - Forest Resources Management Québec was developed as part of the environmental policy and occupational health and safety policy. This system is implemented in all Forest Resources Management units in Quebec and is certified according to ISO 14001:2004. The scope of registration, covers forest management activities on Quebec's public forest such as planning, technical monitoring, road construction, harvesting, roundwood transport, silvicultural work and management of related services. This system aims to ensure regulatory compliance as well as improved environmental performance.
Our environmental policy
Tembec shares with the community important responsibilities towards the environment in which we live and work. The Corporation supports the responsible stewardship of resources, including forest, fish and aquatic habitat, wildlife, air, land and water. Responsible stewardship, combined with a continual improvement process, makes possible sustained economic development and an improved quality of life. In this spirit, Tembec commits to implementing and maintaining an effective environmental management program that will govern its attitude and action in environmental matters and will benefit the environment, the community, the shareholders, employees and customers.
Tembec demonstrates environmental leadership through its commitment to:
- Conduct its business in a responsible manner designed to protect the environment and to protect the health and safety of its employees, its customers and the public.
- Assess, plan, construct and operate its manufacturing facilities and forestry operations in compliance with all applicable legislation, regulations and applicable codes of practice or programs to which the Corporation subscribes.
- Set environmental objectives and targets to continually improve environmental performance and provide the management commitment and resources necessary to achieve stated objectives.
- Encourage and support research to improve its ability to protect the environment and maintain public health and safety and strive for the virtual elimination of any persistent toxic emissions from its operations.
- Manage and protect its forest resources to ensure sustainable forest management consistent with all applicable regulations. Beyond, or in the absence of regulatory requirements, strive to maintain biodiversity, protect wildlife habitat and ecosystems.
- Promote new technologies aimed at conserving, recycling and renewing the resources utilized.
- Promote employee awareness and training in their environmental responsibilities and foster employee participation in environmental management.
- Work and consult with governments and the public in the development of regulations and policies based on sound, socially acceptable, and economically achievable technologies and the analysis of environmental and health impacts.
- Implement programs and procedures to prevent emergency events and minimize the consequences by ensuring effective preparedness and response.
- Report regularly to the Board of Directors on its environmental status and perform audits to ensure conformance with its policies and guidelines.
- Conduct forest management activities in a responsible manner by recognizing the values of Aboriginal groups and stakeholders.