Inspired by Sustainable Development
Respect for the environment, our employees, and the communities within which we work is not just a promise on paper at Cascades -- it is truly a way of life that is anchored in the company’s sea of values. We are “Green by Nature”, through and through.
Cascades is the only papermaker in North America with a team of energy efficiency specialists in various fields who are dedicated to energy efficiency, wastewater, solid waste, soil, air, proper regulation and sustainable development. These specialists oversee the company’s ongoing achievements in this area, and record our continued success in reducing energy costs and increasing energy efficiency.
Cascades is also one of North America’s top five collectors of waste paper -- recycled fibres count for an impressive 75% of our total consumption of fibre and pulp in 2010. We boast a variety of ecologic certifications in the USA, including:
- EcoLogo Certification (PCE-77),
- Processed Chlorine-Free Certification (PCF)
- Chlorine Free Products Association (CFPA)
- The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®)
- Green SealMD
In September of 2010, Cascades received confirmation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that our USA mills are approved Energy Star® partners. This rating recognizes our commitment to meeting the highest performance standards set forth by the EPA.
In addition, the company takes advantage of Green-e® certified renewable energy credits in the USA, thus offsetting most greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity consumption. As a result, we were able to eliminate an emission volume of 11,125 metric tonnes in 2009, which is the equivalent of the reduction you would achieve by not driving a car for 44 million kilometres, or the benefit of planting three million new trees.
Assistance to our communities and sustainable development go hand-in-hand at Cascades; the company donates more than $5,200,000 every year to hundreds of organizations in North America and Europe. We hope to continue our generosity in this area, and strengthen our commitment to this cause.
Cascades offers a multitude of career opportunities: Over 14 areas of expertise lead to some 320 different positions. By encouraging growth and promotion from within, ambitious employees can fast-track their careers vertically or horizontally. More than 39% of positions are filled internally, and an objective of 70% of internal promoting has been established for filling key positions in the next years. Getting in on the ground now would be ideal timing for people considering a long and fruitful career at Cascades.
To encourage employees to continuously self-improve, Cascades puts $11,000,000 every year into training projects, equal to an investment of 297,000 hours.