Tembec to receive FSC Canada Winds of Change award
TORONTO, ONT-Tembec has been named recipient of the 2007 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Winds of Change award, presented in recognition of exceptional contributions to safeguarding the future of forests and all who depend on them. The award will be presented to company president and CEO James Lopez by Ontario Environment Minister Laurel Broten at a fund-raising gala on September 28. In 2001, Tembec became the first large-scale forestry company in Canada to seek third-party certification of all its forest management and forestry operations in accordance with FSC Canada's exacting forest management standards. To date, the company has certified over 90% of its forestlands to FSC's standards and has played a pivotal role in the transformation of the market for FSC-certified wood products. "In conferring the FSC Winds of Change Award, the board of directors of FSC Canada is recognizing that Tembec was first out of the gate among large-scale forest managers and in so doing has made an exceptional contribution that is changing the face of forestry and the wood fibre-based industry in North America," said FSC Canada president and CEO Antony Marcil. FSC standards have been publicly endorsed by the National Aboriginal Forestry Association, WWF-Canada, Greenpeace, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, The Sierra Club of Canada and ForestEthics, among many others.