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ESG Disclosure for Investors

Concerned with providing comprehensive and transparent information regarding environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters, Cascades makes additional data available to investors and the public on a larger number of indicators identified by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
 

Data below includes the results of Cascades' activities in North America and Europe.

Note that this data differs slightly from the 2016-2020 Sustainable Development Plan, which includes only Cascades' activities in North America.
 


Projects by Cascades CS+, energy division resulted in savings of 285,000 gigajoules in 2019, or the equivalent of the energy used annually by 2,800 Canadian households.1

  Units  2015  2016  2017  2018  2019
Total Energy Consumption1 Millions of GJs 8.6 18.7 18.6 18.9 18.8
Energy Consumption (intensity) GJ/metric tonne 9.6 9.6 9.4 9.6 9.5

1 Includes production plants only.

  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total Emissions1 Thousand of metric tonnes 403 417 418 420 417
Total Emissions (intensity)1 kg/metric tonne 207 211 211 213 211

1 CO2 equivalent. Includes the scope 1 of production plants.

  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Waste Recycled Metric tons 431,168 449,475 426,809 418,840 406,030
Waste Recycled % of total generated 76 76 76 78 77

1 Includes production plants only.

Cascades consumes 7 times less water per metric tonne of saleable products than the Canadian paper industry average, which consumes 67,7 m3/metric tonne (FPAC, 2019).

  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Water Consumption m3/metric tonne 10.0 9.5 10.2 11.0 9.2
Suspended Solids Returned to Effluent kg/metric tonne 0.42 0.36 0.64 0.47 0.35
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) After Five Days in Effluent kg/metric tonne 0,36  0,21 0,27 0.23 0.22

 1 Includes production plants only.

Cascades is the top recycler of waste paper and cardboard in Canada. Using 3.4 million short tonnes of recycled fibres in 2019 helped save more than 49 million trees.2

  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Recycled Fibre Consumption Millions of short tons
% of total
3.1
83
3.2
84 
3.2
82 
3.3
83 
3.4
84 
Virgin Fibre Consumption Millions of short tons
% of total
0.4
11
 0.4
10
 0.4
10
0.4
11
0.4
10
Virgin Pulp Consumption Millions of short tons
% of total
0.2
6
0.2
0.3
0.2
0.2
Total Millions of short tons 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.9 4.0

2 Includes procurement of Reno de Medici S.p.A.; fully consolidated according to IFRS accounting standards. Includes procurement of Greenpac since 2014.

The organizational culture at Cascades puts each employee at the heart of the company’s success.

  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total Number of Employees Employees 10,675 10,858 11,346 11,780 12,347
Women Employees 1,639 1,843 2,220 2,118 2,416
% of the Workforce % of total 15  17 20 18 20
Men Employees 9,036 9,015 9,131 9,662 9,931
% of the Workforce % of total 85  83   80 82 80
Average Seniority Years 12 12  12 11 10
Average Age Years 44 45  45 44 44
Interns Employees 140 154  141 170 174
Students Employees 368 405  359 347 312

Cascades has more than 90 units, with operations spanning two continents and six countries.

  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of Business Units   92 88 92 96 99
Canada % of total 61  63 65 63 60
United States % of total 23  22 21 21 26
Europe % of total 16  15 14 16 14

Employees are part of the company’s success and are entitled to a portion of company profits through the profit-sharing program.

  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Gross Earnings Millions of $ 609 627 650 694 759
Benefits Millions of $ 245 255  252 273 313
Profit-sharing Millions of $ 52 56  53 50 55
Total Compensation Millions of $ 906 938 955 1.017 1.127
  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of Hours Spent on Training Thousand hours 350  318 314 351 399
Number of Employees Trained Employees 8,356 8,483 8,535 10,279 19,990
Amount Invested in Training Millions of $
% of total payroll
11.8
1.79
11.0
1.61
10.0
1.47
11,4
1.53
13,8
1.70

Since 2010, sustained efforts in health and safety have resulted in a 61% reduction in the OSHA frequency rate.

  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Lost Time Frequency Rate (OSHA) Per 200,000 hours worked 2.6 2.2 2.2 1.9 1.7

Millions of dollars are given every year to hundreds of organizations near our facilities.

  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
By Cascades Inc. Millions of $ 3.3 3.1 3.1 4.5 4.3

With annual consolidated sales close of $5 billion in 2019, Cascades contributes to the economic vitality of the countries it works in.

  Units 2015  2016 2017 2018 2019

Sales

Millions of $ 3,861 4,001 4,321 4,649 4,996

Returned on Capital Employed3

% 5.7 5.2 3.7 4.6 5.4
Return on Assets3 % 11.3 10.8 9.2 10.6 12.0
Investments3,4 Millions of $ 173 237 302 462 578
Investments in R & D Millions of $ 37.8 38.2 45.0 31.0 30.2

3 See our 2019 Annual Report.
4 Includes the acquisition of fixed assets, an increase in other ERP assets and the acquisition of companies.

 

Note : Data were compiled using the net saleable production in metric tonnes.