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Catherine Stewart, a corporate campaigner with Canopy, an independent not-for-profit organization, has over 25 years of experience in the environmental movement on issues ranging from fisheries and forests conservation to water pollution and climate change. She was a lead negotiator on the Great Bear Rainforest campaign, brokering the moratorium in over 100 intact valleys and playing a pivotal role in crafting the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements in British Columbia.

Working with Canopy, an independent not-for-profit environmental organization, Stewart is continuing her efforts to increase conservation of the world’s threatened forests by assisting forest product customers in the development of sustainable purchasing policies.

Formerly a small business owner in a resource-based community, Stewart understands the importance of both jobs and a healthy environment to the viability and long-term future of rural communities.

The 2017 updated Blueline Ranking has now been published and Canopy's new, easy-to-use format makes the ranking even more customer-friendly. Thirty-two specific criteria are used to evaluate the sustainability leadership of North American print leaders, including their sourcing policies, fiber preferences, the availability of certified and recycled paper products, CSR reporting and their level of transparency on these important indicators.

The trend toward corporate transparency and sustainability leadership is taking hold around the globe and across sectors in response to ever escalating customer and consumer demand. Transparent reporting and sustainability leadership are at the heart of Canopy’s Blueline ranking of North American printers across a robust series of sustainability indicators.

Just over one year ago, Canopy witnessed the official announcement of the completion of the precedent-setting Great Bear Rainforest Agreements. The Agreements were the outcome of two decades of conflict, compromise, negotiation, persistence and American paper and forest product customer engagement.

It’s that time of year when we’re all hearing lots of talk about New Year’s resolutions. Whether we keep these resolutions and fulfill our commitments or find them more challenging than expected, it is still a good idea to assess our habits, decisions and practices, and ask how we can bring about the most positive and widespread benefit to our world. We all want our legacy to tip the scales to the good.

"The light! The light is incredible!" Words uttered in awe by a senior printing company executive as we walked with him into the depths of the ancient temperate rainforest on Canada’s west coast. The subtle beauty of this natural forest cathedral generates a state of wonder.

Out of the 50 largest print buyers in North America, 48 have set goals or commitments around paper use.

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