Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Canfor’s operations located in the Alberta Forest Management Area are held by Daishowa-Marubeni International (DMI), and are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. A certificate of registration issued in 2012 expires in October 2018.

In September 2015, an audit team found the DMI Peace River Pulp Woodlands operations, harvest and silviculture operations of embedded conifer holders, and DMI fibre procurement operations met the requirements of the SFI 2015-2019 Standard.

The Forest Certification Report identified good practices such as:

  • Well-organized EMS and health and safety documentation that is easily accessible on tablets at the camp and shop van.
  • Canfor Grande Prairie sent four staff to a three-day cultural camp hosted by Aseniwuche Winewak First Nation.
  • A high level of community involvement and public outreach.
  • Rather than burning harvest waste, it is dispersed throughout the block to add nutrients to the soil and reduce smoke.

The audit found DMI had adequately responded to a previous minor non-conformity, and closed it. It identified two new minor non-conformities:

  • Some quota holders (including Canfor) did not adequately document commitments and agreements related to the SFI standards.
  • Superintendents did not participate in the quarterly management review, and minutes from the meetings did not include all required items.

There were 11 opportunities for improvement, most related to improving communications and documentation.