ITC Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division - FSC Chain of Custody certification for two ITC PSPD units

FSC Chain of Custody certification for two ITC PSPD units

Mar 01 2010

ITC has achieved yet another milestone on its environmental journey. India's largest integrated pulp and paper and paperboard manufacturing facility at Bhadrachalam has been awarded the FSC® CoC certificate on the 11th of March.

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests.FSC is a certification system that provides internationally recognized standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services to companies, organizations, and communities interested in responsible forestry. It is the most widely recognized and easily the most respected certification for responsible fibre sourcing around the world.

Chain of Custody (CoC) certificates for paper/paperboard manufacturers are awarded after stringent audits that seek to establish the traceability of the fibre being used. The auditors verify that all material comes from known, legal sources which do not threaten the ecological balance and high conservation values of forests.

Close on the heels of the September 2009 certification of ITC PSPD's recycled paperboards unit at Kovai, comes this certification, underlining ITC's determination to obtain credible environmental certifications for its wide range of paper and paperboard products. ITC PSPD will now be able to offer to discerning customers, products with virgin pulp or post consumer recycled content, under the ''FSC Mixed' and 'FSC Recycled' labels. We can now offer products from Finepapers range, including Alfa Zap, Hi Brite, Perma White, Alfa Plus and Paperboards including Cyber XL Pac, Safire Graphik and Safire XL under the 'FSC Mixed' certification. We can also offer greyback and whiteback boards under the 'FSC Recycled' certification.

ITC is already a global leader in the area of sustainability. Along with being India's first company to be invited to be a member of the WWF's Global Forest and Trade Network (WWF GFTN), ITC also has a sustainable social and farm forestry programme that has now greened over 100,000 hectares of land. ITC's unique large scale social forestry project has been the first of its kind in India to be registered with the UNFCC under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The benefits of the project activity, which will earn 57792 CERs, will be passed on to the tribals post expenses incurred for the CDM project. ITC has also pioneered the innovative Wealth Out of Waste (WOW) programme in India, for collecting recyclable fibre directly from households. These achievements speak volumes for ITC's aspiration to be an exemplar in sustainability practices.

Going forward, ITC PSPD will continue to pursue excellence in environmental performance, and increasingly offer credibly certified products from all its units.
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