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Feature story - July 29, 2009
Right now, the XEROX building downtown Montreal has been declared a forest crime scene by a team of Greenpeace’s volunteers. They are holding banners saying XEROX: DON’T BUY BOREAL FOREST DESTRUCTION at the entrance doors and handing flyers. In short, they are protesting the fact that XEROX buys and sells paper made from the destruction of intact areas of Canada’s Boreal Forest.

Greenpeace’s volunteers are protesting the fact that XEROX buys and sells paper made from the destruction of intact areas of Canada’s Boreal Forest.

Greenpeace has asked XEROX repeatedly in the past year to take steps to reduce the corporation's impact on the Boreal Forest. Yet the company still refuses to examine its supply chain, eliminate its controversial sourcing of paper and meet with Greenpeace.


XEROX, the most popular photocopier company in the world, contributes to the destruction of intact forests. How? One of its paper manufacturers is AbitibiBowater, a logging company leading the destruction and fragmentation of intact forest areas and the habitat of threatened woodland caribou.

Because XEROX buys a special type of commercial paper from AbitibiBowater, puts its logo on it and then sells it to other large businesses across North America, XEROX is directly connected to this forest destruction.

We believe that XEROX paper products should NOT be manufactured with pulp made from high conservation value forests and coming from caribou habitat. These intact forest areas are essential in fighting climate change and providing home to wildlife at risk. It is XEROX's responsibility to closely examine its supply chain and work to reduce its impact on the Boreal Forest.


AbitibiBowater, the logging company supplying Xerox with its high yield business paper, controls the largest tracts of publicly-owned forest in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. In Canada, the company manages a total of 24 million hectares of forests (59 million acres). Less than 35% of this area remains intact and most of it has been degraded by logging roads and massive clearcuts.

Because AbitibiBowater has done very little to protect important wildlife habitat for threatened species, Greenpeace is turning to its customers; customers like XEROX, who are driving the demand for forest destruction. We want these customers to take notice, to stand up to and show leadership to protect this globally important ecosystem.

But Xerox is not responding.

The company's Vice President of Environment, Patricia Calkins, refuses to meet with Greenpeace and take concrete steps towards getting her company to stop driving the destruction of Canada's Boreal Forest.


"XEROX is committed to the protection of the environment. We see sustainability, not as a cost of doing business but as the way we do business. As a corporate citizen, we share in a crucial legacy - to sustain the Earth's precious resources for future generations". - Xerox website

XEROX claims to be an environmental leader. Yet, the company is not willing to examine its supply chain, eliminate controversial sourcing and commit NOT to source from intact forest areas and from caribou habitat.

XEROX and AbitibiBowater claim that their High Yield Business Paper and ECOpaque Paper are green alternatives.


« 100% of the fiber supply is from sawmill residues and leftovers»

Woodchips are not residues, they are by-products of sawmills and there is a very important and lucrative market for woodchips!

«The fiber is coming from strictly managed forest according to Canadian law»

AbitibiBowater management practices are far from being strict and legal. For the past 7 years, the company has been found guilty of the breaking forestry laws and regulations more than 77 times and has been charged with more then $350 000 in fines.

«XEROX claims to be committed to Chain of Custody Certification enabling FSC and PEFC certified paper offerings»

The high yield business paper made by AbitibiBowater is not FSC certified.

«The high yield paper is made with mechanical pulp which means that on average, it takes about 50% less wood fiber to produce the same amount of paper»

It is simply unacceptable that the habitat of an endangered species be logged to make paper, even if it takes 50% less wood to make it. Other alternatives, such as copy paper that is 100% recycled, are much more environmentally friendly.