Environment, Social and Governance Data

ESG DISCLOSURE FOR INVESTORS

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 198,740 gigajoules in 2018, or the equivalent of the energy used annually by 1,950 Canadian households.1

  Units  2015  2016  2017  2018
Total Energy Consumption1 Millions of GJs 20.3 19.7 18.7 18.9
Energy Consumption (intensity) GJ/metric tonne 9.8 9.6 9.4 9.6

1 Includes production plants only.

  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Emissions1 Thousand of metric tonnes 463 456 458 423
Total Emissions (intensity)1 kg/metric tonne 207 211 211 215

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

  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Waste Metric tons 608,573 578,770 580,941 538,521
Waste Recycled Metric tons 461,122 414,661 441,557 415,256
Waste Recycled % of total generated 76 72 76 77
Waste Sent to Landfills Metric tons 147,451 164,109 139,384 123,265

1 Includes production plants only.

Cascades consumes 6 times less water per metric tonne of saleable products than the Canadian paper industry average, which consumes 65,5 m3/metric tonne (FPAC, 2018).

  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018
Water Consumption m3/metric tonne 10.4 9.5 10.1 11.0
Suspended Solids Returned to Effluent kg/metric tonne 0.42 0.36 0.64 0.47
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) After Five Days in Effluent kg/metric tonne 0,36  0,21 0,27 0.23

 1 Includes production plants only.

Cascades is the top recycler of waste paper and cardboard in Canada. Using 3.2 million short tonnes of recycled fibres in 2018 helped save more than 45 million trees.2

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

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

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

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

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
Gross Earnings Millions of $ 609 627 650 694
Benefits Millions of $ 245 255  252 273
Profit-sharing Millions of $ 52 56  53 50
Total Compensation Millions of $ 906 938 955 1.017
  Units 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number of Hours Spent on Training Thousand hours 350  318 314 351
Number of Employees Trained Employees 8,356 8,483 8,535 10,279
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

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

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

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

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

With annual consolidated sales of more than $4,6 billion in 2018, Cascades contributes to the economic vitality of the countries it works in.

  Units 2015  2016 2017 2018

Sales

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

Returned on Capital Employed3

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

3 See our 2018 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.