We use the largest printer in Canada, TC Transcontinental and they purchase significant quantities of paper every year.
Through their procurement, they play an active role in making a significant and positive impact on forest management practices to help protect natural resources, creating long-term socio-economic benefits for communities.
In light of this, TC Transcontinental issued its first paper purchasing policy in 2007, and expanded its scope in 2012. Developed in collaboration with Canopy, a non-governmental organization, this policy encourages the responsible use of natural resources and promotes the protection of ancient and endangered forests.
MarQuee Magazine promotes the use of papers made with maximized pre-consumer and post-consumer recovered fibres. Where virgin wood fibre is required, preference is given to fibres from responsibly managed forests with a chain of custody certification from a recognized forest certification system.
TC Transcontinental recognizes FSC®, CSA and SFI®certification systems with respect to sustainable forest management, as well PEFC Chain of Custody certification. These certifications attest that paper is sourced from forests in accordance with sustainable development principles. In addition, we have our own FSC®, SFI® and PEFC Chain of Custody certifications, enabling us to trace fibres directly from the forest to our printed product. The end consumer is thereby assured that the paper used is sourced from responsibly managed forests.
The implementation of this policy has produced compelling results. In fact, the proportion of our purchases of papers that are FSC®, SFI® or PEFC certified or are made with 100% recycled fibres reached 96% in 2017, while it stood at 67% in 2012. In addition, the percentage of our Media Sector’s publications bearing a certification logo increased from 9% to 87% over the same period. TC Transcontinental will continue to report annually on its performance relative to its ecoresponsible procurement objectives in its social responsibility report.