Retailer selects Canadian paper company from its 100-plus suppliers.
Cascades, a Kingsey Falls, Quebec-based company involved in packaging and recycling efforts throughout North America, has received Wal-Mart Canada's Vendor Sustainability Award, which recognizes its supplier's efforts in helping the retail giant achieve its sustainability goals.
Cascades was chosen among more than 100 other suppliers for this recognition.
"We had many fabulous award submissions," says Andrew Telfer, Wal-Mart Canada’s manager of sustainability. "Our vendor partners are certainly taking the environment to heart and incorporating sustainability initiatives into their business plans. The competition was tough. However, Cascades' entry was very strong. They are most deserving of our award."
Cascades CEO and President Mario Plourde says, "Long before sustainable development became fashionable, Cascades was putting it into practice instinctively. In fact, Cascades was born out of a form of sustainable development: the recovery of waste paper. We have always believed that remaining true to our values is the only way forward."
Through its Cascades Recovery division, Cascades collects Wal-Mart's recyclables, including corrugated boxes, plastics and old papers.
"We're honored to be recognized by such an important customer, one that also has a strong commitment to sustainability and sound resources management," adds Suzanne Blanchet, president and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group. "At Cascades, our commitment to offering the most innovative and eco-responsible products possible is what makes us stand apart." Indeed, Cascades' products are made using 50 percent less energy and 80 percent less water than the Canadian paper industry average.