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Marquis environmental policy

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

We serve publishers and businesses across ten different markets and offer a broad range of environmentally-friendly alternatives that are cost effective and therefore easily attainable for customers. Eco-friendly processes have been built into all areas of our production workflow and various aspects of recycling material. We continually challenge our suppliers to provide more green solutions to continually improve on environmental savings. By far, the most significant potential for savings remains with paper usage.

Responsibly Sourced Papers:

Marquis has a large selection of papers from responsible sources backed with certification with the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) (FSC-C103567 ). 

Within the next five years Marquis will continue to work proactively with both suppliers and customers to increase the use of environmental grades across all markets, and to be recognized in the printing industry for a holistic approach to reducing our environmental impact. 

The following principles apply to all paper sourced by Marquis. This policy addresses the entire paper lifecycle, and supports principles that result in long-term environmental, social and economic benefits.


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 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 influence our paper supply chain to use environmentally responsible practices.

Marquis will continue to influence our paper supply chain to use environmentally responsible practices and we have chosen to work with those who have such practices in place. We are proud to be working to ensure that none of our papers are from endangered species habitats and the suppliers we choose to work with do not operate in such areas. Key endangered species are mapped in ForestMapper at:

Marquis will work to eliminate the use of fiber from Ancient and Endangered forests  in places such as: the Canadian Boreal Forests, Temperate Rainforests of British Columbia, Alaska and Chile, and the Tropical Rainforests of 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 fiber from such habitats, we will try to switch product before 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 ecosystems (1)

• 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.



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 content 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 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 utilizing responsible bleaching technologies and is chlorine free and has been processed utilizing responsible bleaching technologies such as Process Chlorine Free (PCF) and Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) : The paper’s virgin fiber has been bleached without chlorine, but with a chlorine derivative

• 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 the volatile organic compounds (VOCs).


Reduce Carbon Footprint:

Marquis will strive to reduce its carbon footprint and consequent impacts on global warming. Towards this end, 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 e.g., recycling wooden skids and plastics, office recycling (of paper, glass, cans), segregation of different paper types and cardboard waste, reduce lighting and energy consumption.


Develop Agricultural Residue Fibre Sources:

Marquis will work with suppliers and Canopy to explore and encourage the development of agricultural residues  and fibres as a commercially viable fibre source for paper. We anticipate this will be an area of rapid advances over the next few years and will keep abreast of new developments and potential opportunities in this area.  Therefore, Marquis will:

• 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 appropriate papers.


Promote Industry Leadership:

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

• Note 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 as appropriate.

• 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 is committed to continuously improving our environmental practices by:

• Increasing our paper efficiency and decreasing waste. 

• Avoiding paper from ancient and endangered Forests and any controversial sources.

• Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

• Increasing our recycled paper stock year by 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 ability to promote the Legacy program and related processes. 

• Helping developing use of non-wood fibers.

• 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 suppliers on identified compliance matters.

• Setting benchmarks and timelines, to implement this policy, and to review this process periodically. 

• Reporting annually on the progress made in 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 11, 2019


1-  Ancient and Endangered forests are defined as intact forest landscape mosaics, naturally rare forest types, forest types that have been made rare due to human activity, and/or other forests that are ecologically critical for the protection of biological diversity. Ecological components of endangered forests are: Intact forest landscapes; Remnant forests and restoration cores; Landscape connectivity; Rare forest types; Forests of high species richness; Forests containing high concentrations of rare and endangered species; Forests of high endemism; Core habitat for focal species; Forests exhibiting rare ecological and evolutionary phenomena. As a starting point 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 like 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 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). Key endangered forests globally are 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- Protection of Boreal Forests where the largest remaining tracts of forests are located worldwide is critical. Canada’s Boreal Forest contain the largest source of unfrozen freshwater world wide and are part of the world’s largest terrestrial carbon sink – equivalent to 26 years worth of global fossil fuel use. Canopy is committed to working collaboratively on the establishment of new protected areas, the protection of endangered species and the implementation of sustainable harvesting in Canada’s Boreal Forest
3- A legal conservation plan is now finalized for the Great Bear Rainforest.  On February 1st, 2016 the Government of British Columbia, First Nations, environmental organizations and the forest industry announced an Ecosystem-based Management framework that sets 85% of this region off limits to logging and stringent logging rules in the other 15%. Provided these agreements are fully implemented – sourcing from this ancient and endangered forest region can be considered to be within sustainable levels. We encourage ongoing verification of this through renewal of Forest Stewardship Council certification
4- Of particular note are the forested “biodiversity hotspots” – eco-regions located mainly in the tropics and identified by conservation scientists as having a minimum of 1500 endemic plant species and as having already lost 30 percent or more of their original habitat.
5- Wilderness areas are characterized by at least 1 million square kilometers that have a population density of less than 1 person per square kilometer. The “high biodiversity wilderness areas” include a minimum of 1500 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.)


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