J.D. Irving, Limited 2019 Sustainability Report

J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) has released its 2019 Sustainability Report for its Forestry and Forest Products Operations.

The company’s sustainability framework consists of five focus areas:

  1. Healthy environment
  2. Growing opportunities for people
  3. Vibrant communities
  4. Strong partnerships for business success
  5. Safe and efficient operations

Below are some highlights from the 2019 report.

All Forest Products Operations Combined – Performance Summary

Healthy Environment
60% green energy use from renewable fuels like biomass – up by 7% from 5 years ago
22% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the past 5 years
12% reduction in water usage over the past 5 years per tonne of tissue product made
6% reduction in overall (all operations) water usage of the past 5 years
32% increase in conservation sites over the past 5 years as part of our voluntary, award winning Unique Areas program in Canada and the U.S.
17% increase in waste that is diverted from landfill for beneficial use over the past 5 years
Zero non-compliance issues following 3rd party forest certification audits* based on 145 indicators (environmental, social and economic) measured over 5 years.
$40.5 million as of 2019 invested in forest research ($1.5 million every year since 1992)
5% overall improvement in safety performance over the past 5 years (recordable incident rate reduction)
Over 27,000 km of water course protection (3 times the width of Canada).
18.8 million trees planted in 2019 – over 1 billion planted since 1957
92 million tonnes of CO2 absorbed by growing forests we own or manage over the next 50 years – equal to 360,000 cars off the road, every year for the next 50 years.
Forest Certification by Independent Auditors

Every year the lands JDI owns or manages in Canada and the U.S. are subject to third party audit by scientific experts from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®).

In Maine, our woodlands are also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C041515).

Following 3rd party forest certification audits in 2019, Irving Woodlands had zero non-compliance issues based on 145 indicators (environmental, social and economic) measured over 5 years.

Read the 2019 SFI and FSC report cards here.
more detail at: https://www.jdirving.com/Newsroom-J.D.-Irving-Limited-2019-Sustainability-Report.aspx

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