Resolute Forest Products believes it is essential to have meaningful engagement and partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders and others, including customers, employees, Indigenous peoples, environmental and other non-governmental organizations ((E)NGOs), business partners, governments, investors and members of the general public.
In addition to engaging in dialogue, we strive to have a positive and meaningful impact in the local and regional communities where we operate, and we support many registered charitable organizations each year. We are committed to ensuring that all of our operations report their engagement activities consistently and transparently, while maintaining ongoing outreach with stakeholders to determine the shared priorities that inform our public commitments and sustainability strategy.
In 2022, we set longer-term targets for
2026 to support organizations in our operating communities, including a
commitment to donate at least $1 million to charitable community organizations
through the Board of Directors Safety Award program, and contributing at
least $5 million to community and academic organizations across all operations.
Supporting Dialogue in the Communities Where We Operate
Through our information-sharing program, for example, we build and maintain strong relationships with community leaders in our operating locations. These groups meet regularly to provide a forum for discussing a range of issues of mutual interest to participants – from harvest area allocation and energy conservation to controls for noise pollution.
For more information on how Resolute engages with stakeholders, visit our Engaging in Dialogue page. For information about the issues that we define as ‘material’ and that influence our sustainability reporting, please visit our Shared Priorities page.
Lasting Collaboration with Indigenous Communities
We also focus on developing constructive relationships with Indigenous communities, with whom we work collaboratively to ensure that our forests continue to provide for future generations. Key to facilitating this partnership is continuous dialogue with chiefs, band councils and elders in our operating communities.
Measuring Our Local Impact
Our operations are located in Canada and the United States. Each operation may be an anchor for the local economy, but it also relies on that same community to maintain its sustainability. Our operations and employees support and participate in local community life, and we work with community leaders to understand local issues and concerns.
Resolute tracks and reports on a number of key performance indicators related to direct and indirect economic impacts, as well as our community engagement and development initiatives.