Xerox Earns Certification from Leading Environmental Organizations
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – As part of its long-standing commitment to preserve biodiversity through responsible forest management and to provide customers with “greener” paper choices, Xerox Corp. (NYSE: XRX) has earned “chain of custody” certification from both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). These certifications confirm that Xerox paper products carrying the FSC or PEFC logo have been manufactured using raw materials harvested from certified sources, controlled wood sources or post-consumer reclaimed sources. FSC- and PEFC-certified products can be tracked from harvest through distribution.
Both FSC and PEFC are independent, nonprofit organizations that support sustainable forestry through rigorous forest management standards and chain-of-production monitoring.
According to Xerox, the company covers the greatest geographic area of any certified paper supplier, with nearly 80 FSC and PEFC accredited distribution centers across 17 countries, and is among the first companies to achieve certification based on the FSC’s new international multi-site standards.
“As one of the largest global suppliers of cut-sheet paper, we’re now offering our customers the assurance of the highest environmental standards provided by these leading environmental organizations,” said Steve Simpson, vice president and general manager, Xerox Paper and Supplies Business Unit. “Xerox’s sustainability efforts are driven by a commitment to leadership through environmental practices, product innovation and stringent standards. Our customers expect nothing less.”
The chain-of-custody certifications will help Xerox’s customers, including print providers, meet the increasing demand for environmentally-certified papers. While any end-customer may use certified paper products, commercial printers whose clients want their publications, like annual reports and marketing brochures, to print on FSC- or PEFC-endorsed paper must also obtain chain-of-custody certification through an accredited certification body.
Xerox participated in an FSC pilot program that evaluated the company’s processes using the new international multi-site standards, becoming one of the first companies to achieve certification based on the criteria.