Domtar company profile

How responsible are the wood fibres used for fine paper production?

Result: 40% of the achievable points for this section
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  • The company has a policy in place to eliminate all controversial sources
  • All fibres for fine paper production are either certified or meet the FSC Controlled Wood standard
  • Domtar has made a clear and public commitment towards FSC and preferential sourcing of FSC wood fibres
  • Domtar set a target to increase the level of FSC certified fibre used for fine paper production by a third, from 12% to 16%, by 2011
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  • Domtar uses recycled fibres for fine paper production, but only to a minor degree (1.5%)
  • Domtar does not set a target to increase the low level of recycled fibre used for fine paper production
  • The target for FSC certified fibre content still leaves room for improvement
  • Domtar does not commit to survey their market pulp suppliers with the WWF Paper Scorecard

Company snapshot

Origin: USA
Main markets: North America
Origin of mills: Canada, USA
Main product brands: First Choice, ColorLok, Domtar
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How clean and efficient is the production of fine paper?

Result: 26% of the achievable points for this section
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  •  Fossil CO2 emissions per tonne of fine paper are relatively low
  • A large share of the energy consumed is generated from wood waste and by-products of paper production
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  • Energy consumption per tonne of fine paper is high based on global average
  • Landfill waste per tonne of fine paper is high based on global average
  • Water consumption per tonne of fine paper is high based on global average
  • Only 2.1% of the wood fibres used for fine paper production are bleached Totally Chlorine Free (TCF)
  • AOX emissions per tonne of fine paper are quite high based on global average

Environmental management systems and transparency

Result: 44% of the achievable points for this section
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  • An official sourcing policy is available to the public
  • Domtar informs publicly on percentage of wood fibres by certification system
  • Domtar reports publicly data on energy use and CO2 emissions
  • Domtar has provided all the information requested by WWF for the purposes of assessing the company for the Index
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  • Only 40% of Domtar’s fine paper mills have ISO 14001 certified environmental management systems in place
  • Domtar does not inform publicly on the level of recycled fibre use
  • The most recent sustainability report written at a standard recommended by the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines dates  back to 2007

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