Kruger said that it has obtained chain of custody certification for the sourcing of fibre for its Brompton, Trois-Rivieres and Wayagamack mills in Quebec, as well as for certified products sales from its Montreal head office.
The independently verified standard PwC-ICoC(TM): 2005 developed by Pricewaterhouse Coopers confirms that paper products manufactured and sold from the above-mentioned facilities may contain recycled fiber and up to 100% certified wood fibre, Kruger said.
"This certification confirms to our customers and partners that we have the controls in place to meet our commitments to environmental stewardship. Independent verification ensures the reliability of information and increases the level of transparency about our performance, from the forest to the marketplace, in response to sustainable development and to our customers' requirements in relation to the environment," said Daniel Archambault, senior vice president, Publication Papers for Kruger.
This standard tracks fibre from recycled fibre sources and fibres from well managed forests, through all transformation processes in the mills to the end-user. It incorporates three recognized certification systems: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Canadian Standards Association (CSA Z809) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). These standards cover such areas as forestry planning, harvesting, reforestation and conservation of biodiversity. Under this process, Kruger's supply chain is audited for performance against the standard's criteria and company policy and objectives.