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WALDEN’S CONVENTION DAILY ISSA/INTERCLEAN® 2012 STEFCO IS NOW SOFIDEL AMERICA 6th Largest Manufacturer of Tissue Paper in the World With over 40 years of history

(established in 1966), 28 production sites and 28 subsidiary companies in 13 coun- tries (i.e., Italy, Spain, Sweden, UK, Bel- gium, France, Croatia, Germany, Poland, Romania, Greece, Turkey and USA), So- fidel Group has more than 4,700 employ- ees and an aggregate turnover of around $1,986 million (2011). It is the 6th largest manufacturer of tissue paper in the world (the 2nd in Eu- rope). Its flagship brand “Regina” is pres- ent in all major markets. Investment in the people and communities that we operate in, commitment to innovation and the quality of production processes, trans- parency and the adoption of responsible social and environmental actions – these are what the Group’s values are based on. Sofidel was the first company world-

wide in the tissue paper sector to become a member of WWF’s International Climate Savers programme, which is based on the voluntary reduction in CO2 emissions through the adoption of innovative strate- gies and technologies.

Sofidel is delighted to be in the US mar-

ket with the purchase of Stefco’s brands and assets, and looks forward to the op- portunity to partner with the experienced and talented people of the Stefco team.

There is a commitment to grow mar- ket share in the US, AFH and at-home markets as dynamically as Sofidel has

grown its business in Europe. Expect very BIG things of Sofidel as we

help you grow your business with more quality and innovative products. n


Even Lower CO2 Emissions

Even lower CO2 emissions improved responsible sourcing of cellulose Sofidel’s commitment to the WWF International Climate Savers programme aimed at reducing CO2 continued in 2011. The investments made in renewable

energy, improvement in energy efficiency and cogeneration plants led to a 10.9% reduction in carbon intensity compared to 2007, which was perfectly in line with the commitments and objectives we set in 2008 (26% emission reduction by 2020). Sofidel constantly assesses and gets its suppliers to ensure that the pulp it uses does not come from illegal or controver- sial sources. Further improvements in this field were taken in 2011. In 2010, the amount of raw materials from certified sources or from sources complying with the main certification

standards was 94.2%. In 2011, this figure went up to 99.3% (42.6% FSC; 35.7% PEFC; 21% FSC- CW). The remaining 0.7% is subject to alternative forest certification standards. This is an increase of 5.1% and sits along- side its renewed collaboration with WWF Italia in this matter.

Encouraging Results in Reduced Water Consumption

The Group has long invested in manage- ment technologies and methods aimed at reducing its water consumption. The average amount of water used by Sofidel in 2011 was 8.74 litres/kg of paper produced, with some sites achieving even lower than 6 litres/kg. The water consump- tion benchmark for the tissue industry is between 10 and 25 l/kg. n


A responsible approach to society and the envi- ronment means making use of a network of con- tacts and partners to share knowledge and experi- ence and to develop effective actions together. In 2008, Sofidel became the first Italian com-

pany and the first company in the tissue sector to join the WWF International Climate Savers programme. The project asks large companies to voluntarily adopt plans to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, using innovative strategies and technologies that will allow them to take on the role of leaders in CO2 reduction. Our target is to reduce our direct emissions of carbon dioxide by 26% by 2020 compared to levels in 2007. In February 2010, we joined the Fondazione Sodalitas, the first organization in Italy to be involved in promoting Corporate Social Responsibil- ity and dialogue between enterprises and not-for-profit organizations.

At the end of 2010, Sofidel became a member of the United Nations Global Compact, a multi-stakeholder network that brings together governments, enterprises, UN agencies, trade unions and civil bodies with the aim of promoting the culture of corporate citizenship on a global scale and bringing about a new type of globalization. n



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