KINGSEY FALLS, QC, Feb. 3, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Cascades (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of environmentally friendly packaging and tissue paper products, is pleased to announce this year's winners of the Sustainable Supplier Award: Hewitt Equipment Limited and BASF Canada, who share the honours for 2014!
The annual contest aims to recognize suppliers who shine for their responsible business practices, and who have had a positive impact on Cascades' sustainable development objectives. The awards ceremony took place today in Montréal, with the Company's senior management and North American plant managers in attendance.
According to Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades, "we cannot adopt responsible business practices in a vacuum. It's thanks to the efforts and expertise of suppliers like Hewitt and BASF that we are able to move forward in this area. We are very appreciative, and we commend the efforts of all our suppliers who are committed to sustainability."
Hewitt Equipment Limited is assisting Cascades in reducing, electrifying and optimizing its fleet of forklifts. The project stands out for its remarkable integration of the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable development.
The new forklifts allow Cascades not only to reduce its ecological footprint through the use of clean energy, but also to ensure the health and safety of Cascaders with advanced features that prevent risks in the workplace.
The Hewitt project also led to gains in terms of time and productivity that translate into significant savings, in addition to a reduction in energy costs.
Hewitt shows a strong commitment to incorporating sustainable development into its own practices, as seen by its actions to make the well-being, health and safety of its employees a top priority. Its newly constructed branches in Candiac and Wabush are sustainable buildings, the most recent of which is LEED-certified.
BASF Canada lent its expertise to the development of a water-based barrier as an alternative to polyethylene (PE), allowing Cascades to market an innovative and eco-friendly product in 2014.
The new product, an alternative packaging solution that is compostable and entirely recyclable, earned a coveted Envirolys award in the Innovation and Environmental Protection category shortly after its launch.
In addition, the new water-based barrier eliminates the cardboard conversion step, thus optimizing manufacturing logistics and generating cost savings.
In keeping with its commitment to sustainable development, BASF applies the principles of the Responsible Care® program, a global, voluntary initiative launched in 1985 by the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.
This year is the sixth edition of the Sustainable Supplier Award. It was created in 2009 by Cascades' Corporate Purchasing Department. For more information, visit the "Sustainable Development" section of the Cascades website: http://www.cascades.com/en/sustainable-development/economy/procurement-practices/suppliers/.
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. The Company employs close to 11 000 women and men, who work in approximately a hundred production units in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on. Cascades' shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CAS.
SOURCE Cascades Inc.
Image with caption: "CASCADES: Alain Lemaire, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Pascal Aguettaz, Vice President, Corporate Services; BASF: Laval Cloutier, Eastern Canada Sales Manager, Chafiq Belouadi, Global Key Account Manager, Carles Navarro, President; HEWITT: Jim Hewitt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Lebel, Vice President and General Manager, Material Handling, Stéphane Guérin, President and Chief Operating Officer; CASCADES: Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer, Stéphane Dubé, Vice-President, Procurement and Logistic. (CNW Group/Cascades Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150203_C2565_PHOTO_EN_11800.jpg
Hugo D'Amours, Vice-President
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Procurement and Logistics, Cascades Inc.