STATEMENT - Greenpeace Commends Companies Calling for Caribou Protection

Press release - October 18, 2017
18 October 2017 (Toronto) - In response to an open letter by Procter & Gamble, Kimberly Clark, and half a dozen other companies [1] to Canada’s top federal and provincial government officials[2] urging them to “act swiftly to protect the boreal woodland Caribou”, Shane Moffatt, head of Greenpeace Canada’s Forest Campaign said:

18 October 2017 (Toronto) - In response to an open letter by Procter & Gamble, Kimberly Clark, and half a dozen other companies [1] to Canada’s top federal and provincial government officials[2] urging them to “act swiftly to protect the boreal woodland Caribou”, Shane Moffatt, head of Greenpeace Canada’s Forest Campaign said:

“We applaud these companies for speaking up at a critical time and for wanting to ensure that their products will not harm this iconic species. It is significant to have scientists, Indigenous communities, environmental organizations and now major corporations demanding immediate action to protect the woodland caribou and its boreal forest home. The demand for sustainable products is increasing worldwide, and if our governments take caribou protection seriously, they can meet the market’s demands and support local communities.”

“The federal government gave the provinces and territories five years to come up with plans to protect critical boreal caribou habitat and now, with that deadline past, it is clear that little has been done. We urge the provinces to meet their obligations and protect this threatened species.”

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Notes to Editors:

[1] The corporations that signed letters to the governments have a collective market cap value of nearly $600 billion. They include: Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, H&M, Amy’s Kitchen, Ben & Jerry’s, Greystone Books, Rose International, and Liturgy Training Publications. A copy of the letter is posted here.

[2] The letter is addressed to Catherine McKenna as well as Philippe Couillard, Rachel Notley, and Kathleen Wynne

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