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R.R. Donnelley Publishes Paper Purchasing Principles

July 15, 2014  By PrintAction Staff

R.R. Donnelley, one of the world’s largest printing operations with sales revenue of US$10.4 billion in 2013 and more than 300 global facilities, is being applauded by Vancouver’s not-for-profit Canopy organization for publishing its new paper purchasing sustainability practices.

“This latest development from R.R. Donnelley signals a course change for the entire North American printing sector and augers well for the future of our threatened forests,” stated Nicole Rycroft, Canopy’s Executive Director. R.R. Donnelley has been working in collaboration with Canopy to develop its paper purchasing principles.

Canopy states as the print sector advances the implementation of forest conservation initiatives, such programs will significantly reduce pressure on the world’s remaining endangered forests and climate. R.R. Donnelley’s public position also signals that one of the most-powerful printing companies in the world sees structured environmental programs as sound business strategy.


Montreal’s TC Transcontinental, Canada’s largest printing company, has also taken on similar environmental commitments in collaboration with Canopy, which has been working with the printing industry for more than a decade. Canopy currently works with over 700 publishing and printing organizations to develop guiding principles for their environmental paper supply chain.

“RR Donnelley’s support for customers who choose papers that are free of unwanted sources and the sharing of their paper purchasing sustainability principles is an exciting step in a constructive and ongoing collaboration,” said Neva Murtha, Canopy’s corporate campaigner who led the organization’s engagement with RR Donnelley. “We look forward to continuing to work with RR Donnelley and the print industry as they develop and implement their forest conservation efforts over the coming years.”

Canopy’s Green Print Leadership Report has become a strategic resource for the organization’s 700-plus business partners when seeking to identify a printer that will support their internal CSR objectives. Sprint, Time, Scholastic, Random House, Hearst and Harlequin are among the Canopy partners who receive the report. The 2014 Green Print Leadership Report survey is currently underway.

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