Marquis Book Printing Inc is the largest Canadian book manufacturer serving mid-size and global publishers. We specialize in the production of books, yearbooks, catalogues and directories. Marquis is a Canadian owned and operated company that is committed to working in partnership with other companies, suppliers, and Canopy to promote sustainable forest management, the protection of endangered forests and responsible environmental practices.

We serve publishers and businesses across ten different markets, offering a broad range of feasible and cost-effective environmentally-friendly alternatives to our customers. We have integrated eco-friendly processes into all areas of our production workflow and various aspects of recycling materials. We continually challenge our suppliers to provide new green solutions to continually improve on environmental savings. By far, paper use represents the highest potential for savings.

Responsibly Sourced Papers. Marquis offers a wide selection of papers from responsible sources with certification from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) (FSC-C103567).

Within the next five years, Marquis will continue to encourage and collaborate with both its suppliers and customers to increase the use of environmental grades across all markets, and to be recognized in the printing industry for its holistic approach to reducing our carbon footprint.

The following principles apply to all paper sourced by Marquis. This policy addresses the entire paper lifecycle and supports a vision with long-term environmental, social and economic gains.


Our implementation goals

Protect Ancient and Endangered Forests

Marquis recognizes the need to support and encourage the adoption of environmentally and socially responsible practices to ensure that the fibre used in our paper is sourced from well-managed forests, and that land-use choices and management practices contribute to the conservation of natural resources and environmental protection. Marquis will use reasonable efforts to encourage its paper supply chain to use ecologically sound practices.

Marquis will continue to encourage our paper supply chain to use environmentally responsible practices and has chosen to work with those who have adopted these practices. We take pride in ensuring that none of our papers are sourced from endangered species habitats and that the suppliers we partner with do not operate in these areas. Endangered species with high levels of threat are mapped in ForestMapper at:

Marquis will work toward eliminating the use of fibre from Ancient and Endangered forests[1] in Canada’s Boreal Forest, the Temperate Rainforests of British Columbia, Alaska, and Chile, and tropical rainforests in Indonesia and the Amazon.

We will work with Canopy to identify opportunities to support and encourage initiatives such as the visionary agreements currently being implemented in portions of Canada’s Boreal Forest[2] and the Great Bear Rainforest[3].

Marquis will work to ensure that paper products do not originate from endangered species habitats. If we find that any of our papers do contain fibres from such habitats, we will make every effort to switch products prior to engaging our suppliers to operate in other areas.


Conservation of Endangered Forests and Protection of Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Marquis will give preference to suppliers that work toward conservation of endangered forests and the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems contained within these forests. Marquis also recognizes that certain regions have been identified as priority regions for forest conservation and biodiversity by the conservation science community and other stakeholders, and will work toward phasing out and finding suitable alternatives to any fibre sourced from these regions, specifically:

  • Endangered forests and ecosystems1
  • Forests harbouring a rich array of biodiversity heavily impacted by human activity, [4]
  • Global forest types that are naturally rare and threatened,1
  • Forested wilderness areas, including those that are rich in species diversity,[5] contain threatened species,[6] or provide critical ecosystem services, and old growth forests that have not previously been subject to commercial logging.


Forest Certification: Marquis will give purchasing preference to paper originating from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified operations

Plantations: Where relevant, Marquis will source paper with fibre originating from FSC-certified, well-managed, longstanding plantations or from new fibre plantations established on degraded agricultural or pasture lands. Marquis will encourage paper suppliers to abandon the practice of conversion of natural forests to plantations.

Illegal Logging: Marquis is committed to working with its paper suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure that illegally sourced fibres are not used in the manufacture of paper purchased by Marquis.


Maximize Recycled Content

Sourcing recycled fibre can reduce overall pressure on forests and other important natural resources, especially when using post-consumer waste in paper production. Therefore, Marquis will:

  • Give preference to paper with high recycled content and specifically post-consumer waste content
  • Encourage its suppliers to continuously improve and expand the availability of recycled papers
  • Actively promote benefits of recycled papers and certification practices to prospective customers


Prevent Pollution

Paper manufacturing is a resource-intensive process that can lead to air and water emissions that impact overall environmental quality.

  • Marquis will do its best to purchase paper that has been processed using responsible, chlorine-free bleaching technologies such as Process and Totally Chlorine Free (PCF and TCF) bleaching.
  • Marquis will purchase paper only from suppliers that meet or exceed legal environmental performance requirements for pollution control.

Marquis will give preference to suppliers of paper, ink, aluminum plates and equipment that monitor and reduce overall emissions by adopting the latest technologies and practices to minimize pollution. Suppliers will be required to support recycling programs for material.

  • Vegetable-based inks will continue to be used where feasible to minimize volatile organic compounds (VOCs).


Reduce Carbon Footprint

Marquis will strive to reduce its carbon footprint and its impacts on global warming. To do this, we will implement the following strategies:

  • Use Ancient Forest Friendly and recycled papers.
  • Give preference to paper manufactured by suppliers that use effective strategies to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Be mindful of other business areas where initiatives can be implemented to actively reduce our carbon footprint, such as recycling wooden skids and plastics, office recycling (of paper, glass, cans), segregation of different paper types and cardboard waste, reduce lighting use and energy consumption.


Develop Agricultural Residue Fibre Sources

Marquis will work with suppliers and Canopy to explore and encourage the development of agricultural residues[7] and fibres as a commercially viable fibre source for paper. We anticipate rapid advancement in this area over the next few years and we plan to keep abreast of new related developments and potential opportunities.  Marquis will therefore:

  • Source papers from alternative fibres such as wheat straw or other agricultural residues, when possible;
  • Support research and development of commercial scale production of pulp and paper from alternative fibre sources. We may also offer press time for trials with suitable papers.


Promote Industry Leadership

Marquis recognizes the benefit of raising environmental awareness among its customers, employees and peers. As implementation progresses, Marquis will:

  • Display the post-consumer content of the paper and/or use the Ancient Forest Friendly and FSC logos where appropriate.
  • Incorporate our environmental commitment into web and electronic forums where relevant.
  • Provide formal training including certification testing for all relevant employees.
  • Initiate campaigns that help promote Ancient Forest Friendly initiatives (such as advertisements, promotional material and events).


Ensure successful and timely Implementation

Marquis commits to continuously improve its environmental practices by:

  • Increasing its paper efficiency and decreasing waste.
  • Avoiding sourcing paper from ancient and endangered Forests and any controversial sources.
  • Reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Increasing its recycled paper stock each year.
  • Involving all stakeholders in the process: employees, suppliers, shareholders and customers in the implementation of this environmental and paper procurement policy. All sales employees are required to complete formal training to ensure an understanding and the ability to promote the Legacy program and related processes.
  • Helping to develop the use of non-wood fibres.
  • Working with current suppliers to encourage them to provide information on their practices so that their policies can be compared to this policy. Marquis will work with its suppliers on identified compliance matters.
  • Setting benchmarks and timelines, implementing this policy, and periodically reviewing this process.
  • Submitting an annual progress report on the implementation of this policy. Initial benchmarks will be available for reporting within 60 days of the issue date.


This policy has been approved by:

Serge Loubier, President & CEO

Marquis Book Printing Inc.

Issue Date: September 2, 2020


[1] Ancient and Endangered forests are defined as intact forest landscape mosaics, naturally rare forest types, forest types that have become rare due to human activity, and/or other forests that are ecologically critical for the protection of biodiversity. Ecological components of endangered forests are: intact forest landscapes; remnant forests and restoration cores; landscape connectivity; rare forest types; forests of high species diversity; forests with a high concentration of rare and endangered species; forests of high endemism; core habitat for focal species; forests exhibiting rare ecological and evolutionary phenomena. To begin to geographically locate ancient and endangered forests, maps of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF)—as defined by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)—and of intact forest landscapes (IFL), can be used and paired with maps of other key ecological values such as the habitat range of key endangered species and forests containing high concentrations of terrestrial carbon and High Carbon Stocks (HCS). (The Wye River Coalition’s Endangered Forests: High Conservation Value Forests Protection – Guidance for Corporate Commitments. This document has been reviewed by conservation groups, corporations, and scientists such as Dr. Jim Strittholt, President and Executive Director of the Conservation Biology Institute, and has been adopted by corporations for their forest sourcing policies). Endangered forests of the world include the Canadian and Russian Boreal Forests; Coastal Temperate Rainforests of British Columbia, Alaska, and Chile; Tropical forests and peat lands of Indonesia, the Amazon and West Africa.

[2] Protecting Boreal Forests in which the largest remaining tracts of forests are located worldwide is critical. Canada’s Boreal Forest contains the largest source of unfrozen freshwater worldwide and is part of the world’s largest terrestrial carbon sink, equivalent to 26 years worth of global fossil fuel use. Canopy is committed to working together to establish new protected areas, protect endangered species, and implement sustainable harvesting in Canada’s Boreal Forest.

[3] A legal conservation plan has been finalized for the Great Bear Rainforest. On February 1, 2016 the BC Government, First Nations communities, environmental organizations and the forest industry announced an Ecosystem-based Management framework that protects 85% of this region from logging and the other 15% is subject to stringent logging rules. Provided these agreements are fully implemented, sourcing from this ancient and endangered forest region can be considered as being within sustainable levels. We encourage ongoing verification of this by renewing the Forest Stewardship Council certification.

[4] Note the forested “biodiversity hotspots”. These are ecological regions located mainly in the tropics and identified by conservation scientists as having a minimum of 1,500 endemic plant species and that have already lost 30 percent or more of their original habitat.

[5] Wilderness areas are defined as having at least 1 million square kilometers with a population density of less than 1 person per square kilometer. The “high biodiversity wilderness areas” include a minimum of 1,500 endemic plant species.

[6] Threatened species as designated by the IUCN Red List, as well as Nature Serve Conservation Status rankings for imperiled species that are at high risk of extinction due to very restricted range, very few populations (often 20 or fewer), steep declines in populations, or other factors.

[7] Agricultural Residues are residues left over from food production or other processes and using them maximizes the lifecycle of the fibre. Fibres include: cereal straws like wheat straw, rice straw, seed flax straw, corn stalks, sorghum stalks, sugar cane bagasse, and rye seed grass straw. Where the LCA (life cycle analysis) shows environmental benefits and conversion of forestland to on purpose crops is not an issue, kenaf and other on purpose crops can also be included here. (Agricultural residues are not from on purpose crops that replace forest stands or food crops.)