Environment, Social and Governance Data

ESG Disclosure for Investors Cascades

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.
 


In 2020, the projects by Cascades CS+, energy division, coupled with the efforts of the plants, enabled a reduction of 262,500 in energy consumption, the equivalent of the annual consumption of 2,838  Canadian households.1

Cascades uses 2.4 times less energy when manufacturing its products than the North American paper industry average.2

  Units  2016  2017  2018  2019  2020
Total Energy Consumption1 Millions of GJs 18.7 18.6 18.9 18.8 19.2
Energy Consumption (intensity) GJ/metric tonne 9.6 9.4 9.6 9.5 9.4

Includes production plants only.
Fisher International, 2020

  Units 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total Emissions1 Thousand of metric tonnes 417 418 420 417 427
Total Emissions (intensity)1 kg/metric tonne 211 211 213 211 210

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


In 2020, Cascades gave a new lease of life to 492,159 tonnes of residual materials from its plants. Most of production residuals consists of de-inking sludge.

  Units 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Quantity of waste recycled Metric tonnes 449,475 426,809 418,840 406,030 492,159
Percentage of waste recycled % of total generated 76 76 78 77 80

1 Includes production plants only.

Cascades uses 4.5 times less water when manufacturing its products than the North American paper industry average.2

  Units 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Water Consumption m3/metric tonne 9.5 10.2 11.0 9.3 9.8
Suspended Solids Returned to Effluent kg/metric tonne 0.36 0.64 0.47 0.35 0.28
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) After Five Days in Effluent kg/metric tonne 0,21  0,27 0,23 0.22 0.17

1 Includes production plants only
2 Fisher International, 2020

Cascades is the top recycler of waste paper and cardboard in Canada. By using mostly recycled fibres to manufacture its products, Cascades helps reduce pressure on natural resources and brings the circular economy to life.1

  Units 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Recycled Fibre Consumption Millions of short tonnes
% of total
3.2
84
3.2
82 
3.3
83 
3.4
84 
3.4
83 
Virgin Fibre Consumption Millions of short tonnes
% of total
0.4
10
 0.4
10
 0.4
11
0.4
10
0.4
10
Virgin Pulp Consumption Millions of short tonnes
% of total
0.2
6
0.3
0.2
0.2
0.3
Total Millions of short tonnes 3.8 3.9 3.9 4.0 4.1

1 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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total Number of Employees Employees 10,858 11,346 11,780 12,347 11,714
Women Employees 1,843 2,220 2,118 2,416 2,203
% of the Workforce % of total 17  20 18 20 19
Men Employees 9,015 9,131 9,662 9,931 9,511
% of the Workforce % of total 83  80   82 80 81
Average Seniority Years 12 12  11 10 11
Average Age Years 45 45  44 44 44
Interns Employees 154 141  170 174 52
Students Employees 405 359  347 312 124

Cascades has 85 units, with operations spanning two continents and six countries.

  Units 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Number of Business Units   88 92 96 99 85
Number of employees in Canada % of total 63  65 63 60 61
Number of employees in United States % of total 22  21 21 26 24
Number of employees in Europe % of total 15  14 16 14 15

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

  Units 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Gross Earnings Millions of $ 627 650 694 759 785
Benefits Millions of $ 255 252 273 313 371
Profit-sharing Millions of $ 56 53 50 55 60
Total Compensation Millions of $ 938 955 1,017 1,127 1,216
  Units 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Number of Hours Spent on Training Thousand hours 318  314 351 399 446
Number of Employees Trained Employees 8,483 8,535 10,279 10,990 7,514
Amount Invested in Training Millions of $
% of total payroll
11.0
1.61
10.0
1.47
11,4
1.53
13,8
1.70
12,3
1.45

In 2020, Cascades recorded its best OSHA frequency rate (1.3) and lowest OSHA severity rate (34) ever.

  Units 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Lost Time Frequency Rate (OSHA) Per 200,000 hours worked 2.2 2.2 1.9 1.7 1.3

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

  Units 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
By Cascades Inc. Millions of $ 3.1 3.1 4.5 4.3 4.2

With annual consolidated sales over $5 billion in 2020, Cascades contributes to the economic vitality of the countries it works in.

  Units 2016  2017 2018 2019 2020

Sales

Millions of $ 4,001 4,321 4,649 4,996 5,157

Returned on Capital Employed3

% 5.2 3.7 4.6 5.4 6.2
Return on Assets3 % 10.8 9.2 10.6 12.0 13.1
Investments3,4 Millions of $ 237 302 462 578 244
Investments in R & D Millions of $ 38.2 45.0 31.0 30.2 32.0

3 See our 2020 Annual Report.
4 Includes the acquisition of fixed assets, an increase in other ERP assets and the acquisition of companies.

 

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