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Daily Archives: November 12, 2014

Business & Politics

Sustainability, a Resolute priority

November 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Last month in Toronto, I attended the Clean50 Summit… Over the past few years, Resolute has worked hard to ensure that sustainability is at the core of all our business decisions. It’s one of the reasons we’ve combined our financial and sustainability reporting into one document; because we operate based on the principle that the two are inextricably linked. It’s also why over four years ago, we chose to begin reporting our sustainability performance using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard, the world’s most broadly accepted reporting standard. And we’ll continue raising the bar on the public disclosure of our sustainability initiatives.

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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Crow’s Market Recap
November 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber: Rumors of a significant chunk of business to China began to swirl Wednesday in the SPF market, and by Thursday, mills had indeed firmed prices and reported order files out at least until the latter half of the month. While overseas sales bolstered much of those order files, buyers closer to home also stepped in to purchase needs. In Southern Pine, buyers held off from purchasing whenever possible, many focused on thinning their inventories. 

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B.C. forestry outlook bright despite recent slowdown

Business in Vancouver
November 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

This week, we take time to delve into B.C.’s forestry sector, which has recently shown signs of slowing after growing at a solid pace in recent years. B.C.’s forestry sector has been a growth sector for the economy in recent years as strengthening housing demand from the U.S., a solid Canadian market and rotation of exports towards China lifted overall activity. Since output bottomed in 2009, growth in direct forestry and related manufactured goods averaged about 6% per year through 2013, compared to 2.4% for the economy as a whole. 

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Lumber Company Interfor Sales Jump by $100 Million

Woodworking Network
November 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BRITISH COLUMBIA — Despite a 3 percent drop in lumber production, Interfor Corporation earned $11 million in the third quarter on sales revenue of $373 million, a $100 million gain over the $273 million in the third quarter last year. Lumber production of 567 million board feet during the third quarter was down 15 million board feet from the second quarter. However, adjusting for the Beaver-Forks operation, which was closed permanently at the end of the second quarter, production was up 7 million board feet compared with the second quarter and up 143 million board feet relative to the third quarter of 2013. 

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B.C.’s pulp industry receives belated export market recognition

Business in Vancouver
November 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. business has a wary eye on the direction of China’s economy – not least B.C.’s sawmillers. So far in 2014, their softwood lumber exports have experienced flat demand growth in China and lower prices. With stubbornly slow recovery in U.S. demand, the province’s lumber sector understandably is nervous. China is a fast-growing market for softwood lumber – helping offset decades of dependence on the U.S. market. Since 2007, China has been a great B.C. success story. But there is another story, largely untold. 

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Mercer Plans to Issue $650 Million of Senior Notes in Private Offering

NASDAC
November 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NEW YORK — Mercer International today announced that it intends to offer for sale an aggregate of $650 million principal amount of senior notes. The net proceeds of this proposed issuance, together with cash on hand and borrowings under the Company’s revolving credit facilities, will be used to refinance the Company’s currently outstanding 9.500% Senior Notes due 2017 and two loan facilities related to its Stendal mill.

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Fort Frances young professionals hold rally over idled mill

CBC News
November 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A group of young professionals in Fort Frances is staging a community rally Wednesday, demanding action from the province over the ongoing shut-down of the local paper mill. “The way that we see it…the future of Fort Frances right now is kind of at stake,” said Jamie Petrin, the founder of ENGAGE Young Professionals Network. “So we’re holding the rally just to gather people from the community together and grab the attention of our politicians.  The last of the paper machines at the mill, owned by Resolute Forest Products, was shut down in January

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Liberals failing to keep small town’s hopes alive

Timmins Press
November 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A mayor, First Nations representatives and local business people chartered a plane recently to fly to Toronto in a desperate bid to save their small town from extinction. It has been 18 months since the Resolute mill in Fort Frances closed. It was the economic mainstay for the town. In its heyday, the mill provided 800 direct jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs in trucking and forestry, especially for aboriginal communities. Now the community is facing tough times. Some families have moved away — mostly to Alberta — in search of work. The group came to Queen’s Park because there’s a glimmer of hope for Fort Frances — and the government may just snuff it out.

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U.S. sawn hardwood exports to Europe rise 12% on the back of strong UK recovery

IHB The Timber Network
November 12, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

U.S. sawn hardwood exports to Europe were 201,000 m3 in the first six months of 2014, a 12.4% gain compared to the same period the previous year. Export value increased 20% to $154.6 million. Trade was boosted by a 40% rise in the volume of exports to the UK, which amounted to 53,910 m3 during the six month period. Such was the pace of exports that the UK overtook Italy to become the largest volume market for U.S. sawn hardwood in the first half of 2014. 

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Secretary Vilsack Names Members to the Softwood Lumber Board

Softwood Lumber Board
October 28, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed seven members to serve on the Softwood Lumber Board. Members will serve a 3-year term of office beginning Jan. 1, 2015. New appointments include manufacturers Fritz R. Mason, Peachtree City, Ga., and Adrian Blocker, Gig Harbor, Wash. Both members will represent the U.S. South. …New importers include Ted Seraphim, B.C., Canada, and Don Demens, B.C., Canada. Both members will represent Canada West. Charles Tardif, Quebec, Canada, was re-appointed. He will represent Canada East.

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International Softwood Conference: The current state of the European sawmilling industry

Marc Kubatta/RS
November 11, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

On 16 and 17 October the International Softwood Conference (ISC) was held in Berlin. Worldwide experts analyzed the wood markets around the globe. In the following, you can see the first part of this analysis related to the European lumber markets. Recovery is not stable after the crisis. Claus Tigges -President of the Regional Office of the Deutsche Bundesbank in Berlin and Brandenburg- presented the financial policy frameworks in which the timber industry will move in the next few months. The recent years were characterized by a rapid recovery from the crisis of 2009, however, this recovery was not stable.

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Global Trends Review, October 20 – November 02, 2014: global lumber outlook by the International Softwood Conference speakers

whatwood.ru
November 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The sawmill industry feels very different by the two sides of the Atlantic: while North American producers report a good year, European sawmillers are preparing for possible prolonged Holiday season stoppages and maintenance works due to overproduction and lumber price pressures, as Holzkurier’s Hannes Plackner reported from the International Softwood Conference held recently in Berlin. Softwood log supply in Europe was surprisingly good in the first half, but it is getting tighter again, conference participants noted. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

2014 North American Wood Design & Building Awards

Canadian Wood Council
November 10, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

CWC invites you to submit your project(s) to the 2014 Wood Design & Building Awards – the only North American program to recognize, award and publicize excellence in wood architecture. Are you or someone you know involved in a project that embodies the essence of innovative wood design? Enter for your chance to have your project(s) featured in various conferences and press releases, and highlighted in the Wood Design & Building prestigious and popularly circulated awards book and magazine.

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AWC announces new guide to meet residential energy requirements

Wood and Panel
November 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The American Wood Council has published a new Design for Code Acceptance, “Meeting Residential Energy Requirements with Wood-Frame Construction” or DCA 7. It provides ways to economically meet the residential requirements of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) using wood framing. The guide is offered for free on the AWC website. …“Constructing energy efficient buildings saves homeowners – and our nation – money in the long run,” said AWC Vice President of Codes & Regulations Kenneth Bland. “As energy codes become more demanding, using wood products in the building envelope continues to be a viable step since the prescriptive construction methods presented in the new DCA 7 publication meet or exceed minimum requirements of the IECC.”

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Furniture Makers Challenge: Reality Show to Premiere on Spike TV

WoodWorking Network
November 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Spike TV is bringing woodworking to the reality TV circuit with the January 6 premiere of “Framework,” an original, non-scripted program which will challenge furniture makers as they compete for a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity license pieces with a major manufacturer. In the 10-week series, 13 woodworkers and metalworkers will be challenged to rethink traditional furniture designs and create original pieces with unconventional materials. 

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Towering Ambition: Tallest Wood Office Building

Wall Street Journal
November 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

For the past 100 years, virtually all buildings over a few stories tall have been constructed out of concrete and steel. But some architects and builders are promoting an alternative they are positioning as environmentally friendlier: good old-fashioned wood. Last week, real-estate developer Hines Interests LP, based in Houston, unveiled plans to build a seven-story, wooden office building in Minneapolis… Hines is calling the project T3, for timber, technology and transit. If the building is approved by the city’s preservation and planning agencies, T3 would be the tallest modern all-timber structure in the U.S…. The building is designed by Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture; the firm also designed the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in British Columbia, which opened a few weeks ago and is the tallest modern wooden building in North America.

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Institute aims to create new markets for wood-based construction materials

Pickens Sentinel
November 12, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

CLEMSON — Clemson University has formed a new institute whose founders hope to change how commercial buildings are constructed in the United States. Clemson’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute (WU+D) will leverage the university’s assets in forestry, architecture, construction science and engineering to design, test and market innovative, sustainable wood-based materials for use in a commercial construction market dominated by steel and concrete. In the process, WU+D hopes to forge new markets for South Carolina’s $17 billion forest products industry, form partnerships with corporations needing product design consultation and testing, and prepare Clemson students to take leadership roles in designing and marketing future innovations in wood-based construction technology.

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Forestry

Indigenous Leadership Driving Boreal Forest Conservation in Canada

The Pew Charitable Trusts
November 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

More than 600 indigenous First Nations call the boreal forest home. …Over the past decade, these indigenous peoples have emerged at the leading edge of boreal conservation efforts in Canada, crafting innovative land use plans that incorporate traditional knowledge into the management of protected areas and parks.  That indigenous leadership will be showcased at the World Parks Congress Nov. 12-19 in Sydney, Australia, where several indigenous groups from Canada will share their conservation success stories with 5,000 international delegates. 

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Hunters, guides, trappers call for more provincial oversight of gas and mining sectors

Groups want B.C. Forest Practices Board expanded to resources to restore public trust
Vancouver Sun
November 7, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A trio of B.C. groups representing recreational hunters and fishers, guide outfitters and trappers are calling on the B.C. government to retake control of resource extraction practices, planning and oversight. B.C. Wildlife Federation, B.C. Trappers Association and the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. say they believe the government’s move in the past decade to rely on professionals hired by industry to make decisions on the land base, with little oversight, has failed. …In an Oct. 29 letter to Thomson (and copied to Premier Christy Clark), the organizations said legislative changes are needed, and recommended the role of the Forest Practices Board be expanded to include resource sectors including mining and the oil and gas industry.

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Heavily-hunted wolf populations have elevated stress, reproductive hormones, study reveals

Vancouver Sun
November 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wolves from heavily hunted populations in northern Canada show elevated stress and reproductive hormones — physiological effects that could have evolutionary implications — according to a study published Wednesday in the scientific journal Functional Ecology. Hunting can disrupt a wolf pack’s complex social structure, alter normal reproductive behaviour and introduce chronic stress that “may have evolutionary consequences,” the study found. Hunting can also decrease pack size, resulting in altered predation patterns, increased time spent defending kill sites from scavengers and may lead to increased conflict with humans and livestock, the study added.

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Comment period ends for Como Forest Health Project draft EIS

Ravalli Republic
November 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The comment period on the draft environmental impact statement for the Bitterroot National Forest’s Como Forest Health Project officially ended Monday. For the first time in years, forest officials can be 100 percent certain there won’t be any appeals. That’s because the project is the first one the Bitterroot Forest has completed under new regulations that completely do way with the administrative appeal process. In March 2013, the U.S. Forest Service completed regulations that did away with appeals for most activities on the National Forest System in exchange for a pre-decisional objection process. 

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21 Michigan cities, others get urban forest grants

San Francisco Chronicle
November 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says 21 cities, conservation districts and other recipients will be awarded federal grants for urban forestry projects. A total of $90,132 will be divided among the winners. The competitive grant program is sponsored by the DNR and the U.S. Forest Service. It promotes activities such as tree planting, community tree inventories, management plans and education projects that promote urban forestry.

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The World Should Learn From Canadian Conservation

Huffington Post
November 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The world’s largest event focused on parks and protected areas opens this week in Sydney, Australia. The World Parks Congress takes place just once every 10 years, and will play a major role in shaping the agenda for protected area conservation over the next decade. The Nov. 12-19 event brings together over 4,000 delegates — policy experts, scientists, elected officials, Indigenous peoples, conservationists and others — to share the newest ideas and understanding about protected areas science and management. 

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Protecting native forests more valuable than logging

phys.org
November 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New research has found Mountain Ash forests provide more value to the community and the global climate when protected and not logged. Research scientists at the ANU, in partnership with information and communication technologists at Fujitsu Laboratories in Japan, have used long-term field data from the Central Highlands in Victoria to calculate the social, economic and environmental values of the forests after wildfire and after logging. 

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Tree Diseases Can Help Forests

U of Utah News
November 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Panama — Plant diseases attack trees and crops and can hurt lumber and food production, but University of Utah biologists found that pathogens that kill tree seedlings actually can make forests more diverse. While low rainfall has been blamed for a lack of drought-sensitive trees near the Pacific side of the Panama Canal, the new study answers a mystery about what keeps drought-tolerant trees from that area from living along the wetter Caribbean side of the canal. The answer: disease-causing plant pathogens, the researchers report in their study, published online Wednesday, Nov. 12 by the Journal of Ecology.

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Australian funding to combat illegal logging in Asia-Pacific

Ministry of Environment Australia
November 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Australian Government is increasing its commitment to the sustainable management and recovery of rainforests in the Asia-Pacific with the announcement today of $6 million from Australia’s aid program. This funding will support regional efforts to combat illegal logging and bolster trade in legal forest products through building capacity for countries to sustainably manage their forests. This commitment will also support economic growth in developing countries and help create pathways out of poverty. 

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Tree diseases can help forests: What’s bad for a seedling can be good for biodiversity

phys.org
November 11, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Plant diseases attack trees and crops and can hurt lumber and food production, but University of Utah biologists found that pathogens that kill tree seedlings actually can make forests more diverse. While low rainfall has been blamed for a lack of drought-sensitive trees near the Pacific side of the Panama Canal, the new study answers a mystery about what keeps drought-tolerant trees from that area from living along the wetter Caribbean side of the canal. The answer: disease-causing plant pathogens, the researchers report in their study, published online Wednesday, Nov. 12 by the Journal of Ecology.

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Paper from illegally logged rainforest ‘could be on sale in Australia’

The Guardian
November 12, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The federal government has been urged to do more to ensure illegally logged forest doesn’t end up as paper sold in Australia, as delegates gather in Sydney for a once-a-decade international forum on conservation. Around 5,000 delegates from more than 160 countries have descended on the city for the week-long World Parks Congress, which is organised by the IUCN, the conservation body that advises the United Nations. It has been held each decade since 1962. Representatives will thrash out an agreed way of reaching a key conservation goal – to formally protect at least 17% of land and 10% of oceans by 2020. Climate change, poaching and illegal logging and mining will also be on the agenda.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Global warming stalled politically too

Albernie Valley News
November 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – On most issues this column discusses, the feedback I receive is generally negative. One exception has been human-caused climate change, where my mail runs three to one in favour of a skeptical approach. Most express relief at having someone question the exaggerated or false claims advanced by environmentalists who strive to paint Alberta and B.C. as home to uniquely evil climate crimes. As mentioned last week, this is an urgent issue in B.C. as the government pushes to develop liquefied natural gas exports. The B.C. Liberal approach to limit only the “intensity” of greenhouse gas emissions from LNG production, and make no commitment on the majority of emissions from upstream gas production, looks like the effective end of Gordon Campbell’s crusade to lead North America in “climate action.”

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Northland gets grant to assess Bay Area climate change

AshlandWi.com
November 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The John C. Bock Foundation last month awarded the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College a $25,000 grant to develop climate change adaptation recommendations for forest management in the Lake Superior region. “This project is a component of a larger SOEI effort to assess potential climate change impacts to the Chequamegon Bay and its surrounding communities,” said Bro Professor of Regional Sustainable Development Randy Lehr… Research under this grant will assess the relationship between forest age and stream health in order to better understand how forest structure, stream hydrology, and climate change are related.

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China and US agree on ambitious greenhouse gas emissions targets

ABC News Australia
November 12, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

China and the United States have agreed on a set of ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets, with Beijing setting a goal for its emissions to peak “around 2030”. It is the first time China, the world’s biggest polluter, has set a date for its emissions to stop increasing, and the White House said China would “try to peak early”. At the same time the US set a goal to cut its own emissions of the gases blamed for climate change by 26-28 per cent from 2005 levels by 2025. The declaration came as president Barack Obama met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for talks in Beijing.

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Montana DNRC awards Bridger Bowl a $20,000 grant for boiler

Biomass Magazine
November 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has announced the distribution of $110,000 in grants to three wood energy projects in the state. Troy Public Schools, Bridger Bowl Ski Area and SmartLam Technologies Group were the three recipients of the Wood Product and Biomass Utilization Grant, which the DNRC solicited applications for earlier this summer. “The intent of the Montana DNRC Wood Product and Biomass Utilization Grants is to support increased and improved utilization of forest products, including biomass, in Montana,” said Julie Kies, DNRC Forest Products and Biomass Program director.

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Termite of the sea’s wood destruction strategy revealed

phys.org
November 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Shipworms, known as ‘termites of the sea,’ have vexed mariners and seagoing vessels for centuries. A recent study involving scientists from the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolabs at Northeastern University, the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, and other institutions has focused on the shipworm Bankia setacea to learn more about the enzymes it utilizes to break down wood for nutrition, information that may prove useful for the generation of biofuels. 

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Researchers propose new strategies to manage native forests

Phys.Org
November 11, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Fujitsu Laboratories today announced that, in partnership with The Australian National University (ANU) of Canberra, Australia, which is represented by Professor Ian Young, The Vice-Chancellor of ANU, it will propose new strategies to manage native forests to maximize carbon storage and the benefits of other ecosystem services. The proposals will be made at World Parks Congress 2014… As a result of these studies, the new research has found innovative new methods of sustainably managing native forests from the perspective of carbon storage that keeps volumes of atmospheric CO2 in check and that work for protection of endangered species.

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General

Forest mismanaged on several fronts

The Chronicle Journal
November 11, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

There has been concern expressed about the lack of available birch firewood in Thunder Bay. The events playing out now regarding the breakdown of a deal to sell the shuttered Resolute mill in Fort Frances prompt me to write, as I see the two issues linked. Writers have said there is no birch available, that Resolute is taking it all for grinding. The MNR responded, that there is birch, but a lack of producers. This is true. What hasn’t happened is a closer examination of the issues. 

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Sustainability, a Resolute priority

November 12, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Last month in Toronto, I attended the Clean50 Summit… Over the past few years, Resolute has worked hard to ensure that sustainability is at the core of all our business decisions. It’s one of the reasons we’ve combined our financial and sustainability reporting into one document; because we operate based on the principle that the two are inextricably linked. It’s also why over four years ago, we chose to begin reporting our sustainability performance using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard, the world’s most broadly accepted reporting standard. And we’ll continue raising the bar on the public disclosure of our sustainability initiatives.

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