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Raw Material

Sourcing Responsibility

Whenever possible, we buy materials from suppliers near our facilities. This shortens our supply chain and reduces risk. Being close to our suppliers also allows us to know them and ensure they produce responsibly the materials and services we need, in addition to strengthening the local economy.

We are committed to safeguarding endangered forests and wildlife, respecting the culture and rights of indigenous peoples, and conserving natural forests and biodiversity by sourcing wood from responsibly managed forests.

Our demand for wood enables landowners to keep forests in North America as forests.

We collaborate with landowners and other partners to promote the benefits of sustainable forest management and third-party certification, which provides an additional level of assurance of responsible forest management.

Beyond fiber, we have strategic partnerships with recognized suppliers of key raw materials. Our suppliers help us improve our manufacturing efficiencies, use fewer materials and produce better quality products at a lower cost.

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



  • Ensuring our suppliers are responsible in their environmental, safety and sustainability management.
  • Favoring local suppliers as much as possible when purchasing the materials and services we need to make our products.
  • Managing the procurement of major inputs centrally to leverage volumes, improve service and risk profiles, and build strategic partnerships.
  • Promoting the value of sustainable forest management to small landowners and facilitating their certification.


  • Ensuring the performance, affordability and availability of more sustainable raw materials.
  • Balancing differing customer objectives and policies that can limit sourcing flexibility.
  • Securing sufficient certified wood given frequently changing and increasingly complex and costly certification standards.

Top-to-bottom efficiency

Or more accurately, bottom-to-top. Most people understand that a tree can be used to make different types and grades of furniture, cabinets, lumber and paper. But what many do not realize is that, in many cases, a single tree may provide all of these useful products – and more.

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Promoting sustainable forest management for small landowners

Locally-sourced wood is the lifeblood of our pulp and paper mills. We have an economic interest in keeping the forests near our mills as forests and promoting sustainable forestry practices – everywhere we operate.

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A look at our certified wood usage

DOMTAR Certified Wood Deliveries
Pulp and Paper Mills
(% of Total Wood Delivered)


*Includes fiber inputs from the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) sources. Program for the Endorsement of Forest CertifcationTM (PEFCTM) endorses these and other national forest certification standards.

**2018 American Forest & Paper Association Sustainability Report.

38% of our fiber needs were met with certified wood in 2018, including 21% from fsc certified sources during a time when overall FSC acres declined in the U.S.

Advantages of forest certification for small landowners

  • Formalizes existing best practices, opens up more markets and derives higher value at harvest.
  • Creates potential to increase yield by adopting scientific forest management practices.
  • Promotes healthy forests to maintain habitats for flora and fauna.

Helping Solve the Plastic Problem

According to National Geographic, more than 8 million tons of plastic reach our oceans every year – and it doesn’t just disappear. The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” covers more than 600,000 square miles and is 9 feet deep. It is the largest accumulation of marine debris in the world – and it is mostly plastic.

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Back to the Future

It has been a long, long time since automobile dashboards were made from wood. You can still find them in antique car collections.

Today, the interior components of the car you drive are most likely made from Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene – or, ABS plastic – which is derived from petroleum.

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