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Transcontinental shares sustainability report

Feb 24, 2011 12:00 AM


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One year after it released its first Sustainability Report, Montreal-based Transcontinental has acted on the commitment it made in 2010 to report on its environmental, social and economic performance by releasing its second report. In it, the firm issues a call to action to its employees and partners, encouraging a proactive approach to sustainable development.

The company prepared its 2010 report to meet Application Level B of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard, which is an internationally recognized guideline organizations can use to report on their environmental, economic and social performance. "This year we submitted a more complete report that addresses a number of supplementary aspects. We are very proud of it because it shows we are taking sustainable development seriously and are committed to improving," says Jean Denault, VP of procurement and technologies at Transcontinental, and chair of the Sustainable Development Steering Committee.

The report focuses on our achievements over the past year. Highlights:

Gold and Gold Plus papers in Transcontinental’s eco-paper classification account for 45% of purchases by its printing facilities.

The company implemented a global waste management program in two printing facilities.

It has achieved an 11% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to production since 2008.

Energy efficiency projects have resulted in a 14.7% reduction in energy use, or 43,000,000 kWh since 2008.

The accident frequency rate per 200,000 worked hours fell to 0.98, below the target of 1.0.

The company made $5.8 million in community contributions.

Revenue that comes from new revenue streams totalled $183 million, up 7.6% over 2009.

"By looking ahead and meeting our commitment to sustainable development on a day-to-day basis, I am certain that we will continue to create value for our shareholders, employees and customers, and make a positive difference in the communities where we operate," says Francois Olivier, president and CEO.

See www.transcontinental-ecodev.com.