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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 market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers, which are marketed in close to 70 countries.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Health, Safety & Environment Program of the Year - in Canada and the U.S.A.

Nomination Title: Resolute's 2017 Health, Safety and Environment Performance

Tell the story about this nominated health, safety and environment program as it has been carried out since 1 January 2017 (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. The company owns or operates some 40 manufacturing facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to managing woodlands certified to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards.

As an industry leader, Resolute has moved beyond minimal regulatory compliance and environmental incident management to commit to transparency and maintaining annual sustainability reporting. In 2017, we published our sixth combined annual and sustainability report with substantial content updates on the sustainability performance section of the corporate website. By year-end 2018, we will transition to the recently released GRI Standards for sustainability reporting to disclose our health, safety and environment performance.

Resolute’s vision is that profitability and sustainability drive our future – ensuring sustainability is one of Resolute’s four core values, along safety, teamwork and accountability. Our sustainability strategy is based on a balanced approach to environmental, social and economic performance, designed to enhance our competitive position.

To ensure we deliver on our commitments and to develop our future strategy, our sustainability committee meets quarterly. The committee’s mandate is to recommend strategies, set goals and measure results, oversee reporting and communications, ensure continuous improvement, and assess stakeholder expectations and sustainability trends.

Being proactive for the environment means steadily reducing Resolute’s environmental footprint, making measurable performance improvements and ensuring the careful stewardship of the forests in our care. We closely measure, track and report on the company’s performance and progress toward a range of new and ongoing sustainability commitments.

We remain committed to maintaining 100% forest management (FM) and chain of custody (CoC) certifications to internationally recognized standards, such as Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).

All of our operations are certified, or in the process of being certified, to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard. In addition, we are transitioning to the 2015 version of the ISO 14001 standard in order to comply with increasingly stringent and far-reaching requirements.

As part of our ongoing commitment to regulatory compliance and environmental incident management, we take a proactive and preventive approach through comprehensive tracking, investigation, implementation of corrective measures and reporting.

Resolute continues to report climate, water and forest data to CDP, a global reporting system for organizations, cities and governments. In 2017, we received an “A-” leadership score for forest management disclosures, in recognition of our actions to manage deforestation risk and implement monitoring and measurement programs. We also earned an “A-” leadership score for water disclosures, demonstrating our enhanced understanding of water resource management. For climate change performance and disclosures, we received an awareness score of “C”, reflecting the tightened guidelines of the program.

Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of over 8,000 employees helps Resolute attract results-driven and action-oriented talent. We are committed to fostering a “total safety organization,” with a long-term goal of zero incidents and zero injuries across our operations.

Safety is a core value at Resolute. Every employee – from the mill floor worker to the president and chief executive officer – is responsible for identifying potential safety hazards and helping create an injury-free workplace. We maintain world-class standards and continuously measure and improve our safety efforts and results.

We take a proactive approach to risk control by combining management and supervision with individual accountability, supported by a stringent safety management system that includes employee training and awareness, audits and monitoring, as well as employee participation through local joint health and safety committees. Our new safety audit process requires supervisors to review pre-task hazard analysis with employees six times a year based on six quality-execution criteria.

In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) chief achievements since 1 January 2017 of the nominated health, safety and environment program (up to 150 words).

-Beat our safety targets by achieving OSHA rate of 0.66.
-Achieved severity rate well below target of 24: 18.25, equivalent of 18 workdays per 100 full-time employees.
-Supported 26 facilities to go injury-free – Maniwaki sawmill recently surpassed 2-million-hour mark without a single recordable injury.
-Remained committed to core value that safety is our first priority as we strive for zero injuries.
-Achieved 76% reduction in absolute GHG emissions (scope 1 and 2) below 2000 levels. Operations coal-free since 2014.
-Maintained 100% certification of Resolute-owned or managed woodlands to internationally-recognized standards.
-Maintained fiber-tracking systems to identify source of fiber or wood used. 100% of tracking systems are third-party certified.
-Reduced environmental incidents by 40%.
-Reported two regulatory infractions in Canadian woodlands, below 2017 target.
-All operations certified, or in process, to ISO 14001 environmental management standard