domtar sustainability report

Domtar Sustainability: Simple Idea. Big Savings

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How do you heat more with less? Reuse the heat you have.

That is what our Rothschild, Wisconsin, mill did by installing a heat exchanger to warm incoming process water with outgoing process water. The idea is simple. Instead of being lost to the wastewater treatment plant, some of the heat from the outgoing water is captured and sent back into the mill.

THE HEAT EXCHANGER HAS REDUCED THE MILL’S STEAM DEMAND BY A WHOPPING 10 PERCENT DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.

Domtar Sustainability: Developing Our Talent

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A diverse and skilled workforce is critical to meeting the ever-changing expectations of our customers.

A significant portion of our colleagues are, or soon will be, eligible for retirement, an issue many manufacturers face as baby boomers get older. It is sometimes called the “silver tsunami.” We are equipping the next generation of our workforce with the skills and experience needed to succeed.

We provide our employees pathways for professional growth and offer them resources to expand and enhance their skills, knowledge and management capabilities.

Domtar Sustainability: A 10,000 Tail Fish Tale

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Domtar uses water for more than making paper. In our mill in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania, we also hatch and rear fish—thousands of brook, brown and rainbow trout every year.

About 25-30 volunteers feed the fish twice a day and keep an eye on their health. Some are current mill employees; others are retirees who enjoy coming back to lend a hand.

When the trout reach an appropriate size, they are released into area streams. About 10,000 are released each year.

Domtar Sustainability: How Work Actually Gets Done

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To make our facilities safer, we must understand how our employees actually do their work, not just how our written procedures state they should do their work.

Rather than treating our procedures as gospel, Domtar is using a new approach to understanding how specific tasks actually get done to ensure our employees can work safely. By asking employees to “show me” the way they complete certain tasks, we can see where our procedures, and sometimes our equipment, need to be adjusted to make our facilities safer.

Domtar Sustainability: Keeping Our People Safe and Healthy

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The safety and health of our colleagues is of primary importance. Keeping our people safe and healthy enables them to be productive members of their families, communities and our company.

Domtar Sustainability: Pulling Our Weight

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Unlike their counterparts in Pulp and Paper, our logistics colleagues in Personal Care don’t have a weight problem. Quite the opposite, they struggle to put it on.

Optimizing transportation efficiency is the objective for both of our divisions. They both strive to get the most product in a trailer. One is weight constrained. The other has a space issue.

Domtar Sustainability: Driving Forward Using the Rear-View Mirror

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You wouldn’t drive forward using only your rear-view mirror. Yet for years that is how many companies, including Domtar, managed safety—using only indicators of past performance to chart a future course.

Today, we have begun steering to improved safety performance using forward-looking safety techniques— addressing potential safety hazards before they result in an injury.

RESEARCH BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) IS INSTRUCTIVE. ACCORDING TO DOE, THE AVERAGE PERSON MAKES FIVE ERRORS PER HOUR.

Domtar Sustainability: A Brighter (and Cooler) Future in Jesup

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Colleagues at our personal care facility in Jesup, Georgia, are seeing their work in a different light.

That is because the facility upgraded to light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and can now turn on all of the lights at the same time. The previous metal halide lighting gave off so much heat that only half the fixtures could be on at any given time.

Domtar Sustainability - Trucks, Trains, and Ships - Moving Products to Customers More Efficiently

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How do you move your products directly to customers with trucks while using as little fuel as trains? Use both by shipping your products in an intermodal container, which can be moved by both trucks and trains.

Domtar Sustainability: Sourcing Raw Materials

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Each year, about two-thirds of our revenue is spent on materials and services needed to make our products.

Whenever possible, we source from local suppliers near our facilities. This helps us shorten our supply chain and reduce risk. Proximity allows us to know our suppliers and ensure they produce our materials and render services responsibly, in addition to strengthening the local economy.

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