Resolute Forest Products - Health, Safety & Environment Program of the Year

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Company: Resolute Forest Products, Montreal, QC, Canada
Company Description: Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, specialty papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company owns or operates some 40 pulp and paper mills and wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea, and power generation in Canada. Profitability and sustainability drive our future.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Health, Safety & Environment Program of the Year - in Canada and the U.S.A.

Nomination Title: Safety and environmental management are a core values at Resolute

Tell the story about this nominated health, safety and environment program as it has been carried out since 1 January 2016 (up to 650 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms.

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry, producing market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers.

OUR PROACTIVE SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Implementing exceptional health and safety standards is inextricably linked to operational excellence in all aspects of our business. We are committed to fostering a “total safety organization,” with a long-term goal of zero incidents and zero injuries across our operations.

In 2016, Resolute’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) incident rate was 0.77, a decrease of nearly 50%, from 1.51 in 2010 to 0.77 in 2016. In 2016, our operations reached the following milestones:

• Our Thorold (Ontario) newsprint mill achieved 1.25 million consecutive operating hours without a single recordable injury, while our Grenada (Mississippi) newsprint mill celebrated 1 million incident-free hours.
• Nearly 20 of our other operations reached important milestones of 250,000, 500,000 or 750,000 hours without a recordable injury.
• Additionally, our Resolute-LP Larouche and Saint-Prime (Quebec) joint-venture engineered wood facilities were honored by APA–The Engineered Wood Association with a 2015 Safest Company Award, having been injury-free for over six and eight years, respectively.

In 2016, Resolute achieved an overall 4.0 near-miss ratio per employee (29,739 near misses reported), reflecting an increase in employee awareness and reporting of potential hazards or injuries.

Our proactive approach to safety has given rise to many innovations – for example, a safer, watertight, more comfortable and breathable chemical safety suit. The suit was adapted to specific mill-related working requirements; easy to take on and off while wearing boots, added pockets for pens and radios, longer sleeves to ensure outstretched arms stay covered, and extra padding on the knees and elbows.

Beyond the positive impact at Resolute’s operations, other forest products companies are adopting these suits as their benefits become more widely known in the industry. Contractors working at Resolute facilities have also requested use of the suits. Other forest products companies are introducing their use and the suit manufacturer is now selling it to chemical suppliers.

BALANCING ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESPONSIBILITIES

We believe that delivering on our sustainability commitments makes us a more globally competitive company that generates value for shareholders over the long term. Resolute is also committed to steadily reducing our environmental footprint and carbon emissions, making measurable performance improvements and responsibly managing the natural resources in our care.

Our employees have worked collaboratively across all levels of the organization to instil a preventative and proactive approach to environmental management, which represents a successful cultural shift for the company.

100% of our operations undergo environmental risk audits and 80% are covered by ISO14001 certified environmental management systems (with a goal of 100% certification). Our Thunder Bay (Ontario) pulp and paper mill was among the first in Canada to be recertified under the new ISO 14001:2015 standard.

In 2016, we recorded 29 mill environmental incidents, surpassing our goal of 41 or fewer incidents. Since 2013, we have reduced mill environmental incidents by 55%, far surpassing our reduction targets in 2015 and 2016.

In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) chief achievements since 1 January 2016 of the nominated health, safety and environment program (up to 150 words).

Other highlights include:

1. GHG emissions (scope 1 and 2) reduced by 73% over 2000 baseline; 100% coal-free operations (scope 1) since April 2014.
2. Thanks to eliminating coal, lowered total SO2 emissions by 33% and total NOx emissions by 9% in 2016 compared to 2013 levels.
3. 100% of managed forests certified to third-party internationally recognized standards (SFI® and FSC®); 93% of sawmill wood supply and 52% of pulp and paper mill virgin wood fiber inputs certified to internationally recognized standards.
4. 74% of total energy needs met using renewable resources and 80% of fuel energy derived from biomass sources.
5. Total waste directed to landfills by reduced by 36% in 2016 compared to 2013 levels, average of 36% of pulp and paper mill residues toward beneficial uses like farmland fertilization.
6. Thanks to new chemical suit, 100 % reduction in injuries due to chemical splashes and 80+ accidents avoided over last 4 years