"Smurfit-Stone is committed to responsible and sustainable fiber sourcing, and completing this certification process division-wide reaffirms our beliefs," said Mike Exner, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mill division. "The chain-of-custody certification also helps us better support our customers in meeting their sustainability goals."
The chain-of-custody certification audits were conducted over a two-week period from November 29, 2010, to December 3, 2010. Smurfit-Stone's mills will have the following certifications:
* SFI Certified Fiber Sourcing – U.S. mills' procurement system
* SFI chain-of-custody certification – U.S. mills
* PEFC chain-of-custody certification – all pulp and paper mills
* FSC chain-of-custody certification – all pulp and paper mills
Smurfit-Stone's Matane, Quebec, mill has also been recommended for PEFC and FSC certifications, and its La Tuque, Quebec, mill received PEFC and FSC certifications in 2009. Smurfit-Stone anticipates extending the chain-of-custody certifications within its converting operations throughout 2011 and 2012.