the environment


Richard Garneau

Produits forestiers Résolu

Vanves, June 8h, 2017

Dear Mr Garneau,

My company, Hachette Livre, is a customer of Resolute, and has been for many years. Our US subsidiary, Hachette Book Group, buys substantial quantities of FSC-certified ground wood paper from your Canadian mills.

We enjoy a healthy and mutually beneficial relationship. As you probably know, Hachette Book Group, as its parent company Hachette Livre, has very high environmental standards that both companies advertise in their corporate brochures and web sites. We have a history of working productively with various environmental NGOs such as Rainforest Action Network, for instance.

Greenpeace has recently attracted our attention to the conflict between it and Resolute that has erupted into a significant legal battle.

I have no intention of getting involved in the dispute, for as publishers, we have neither the expertise nor the resources to forge an educated opinion as to who is right and who is wrong in what seems to be a complex set of highly technical issues.

I would simply like to respectfully make two points.

The first is that our commitment to FSC is the cornerstone of our Social and Environmental Responsibility policy.

As such, it cannot suffer exceptions to suit a particular situation or a specific vendor. I therefore urge you to do everything in your power to retain the FSC certifications you have in Canada and more specifically, those that are necessary to meet our environmental requirements. It is of vital importance to us.

The other point I would like to make, not as a customer but as a publisher and a citizen, is that the vigor of your legal response to Greenpeace under RICO statutes strikes me as excessive. It is a very disturbing turn of events for publishers like us, who cherish public debate as an essential dimension of our activity and include many conservationists and environmentalists in our list of authors. Indeed, an escalation of the legal dispute could cause some authors to decline having their books printed on Resolute’s paper, further complicating the situation.

Needless to say, we cherish just as much the rule of law and respect the right to seek legal remedy, but I wonder whether there might not be other ways to respond to Greenpeace’s claims.

Let me put it this way: At a time when the United States has decided to turn its back on climate change by reneging on its commitment to the Paris Accord, we believe we need more than ever independent NGOs such as Greenpeace. Without them, who will speak up for the environment in the future?

I hope these suggestions will give you pause, if not meet with your approval.

This letter will be posted on our company web site after you have received it.

Thank you for your attention, and I hope you are able to resolve this dispute soon.


Arnaud Nourry

Hachette Livre, as a global company, considers social and environmental responsibility one of its core values.

We have an overarching commitment to:

  • Improve our environmental performance
  • Reduce our carbon footprint
  • Make responsible use of natural resources
  • Eliminate any negative impact of our actions on endangered forests.

This will be achieved by:

  • Measuring and analyzing our carbon footprint on a regular basis, in the most unbiased way, with the best tools available
  • Reporting on our performance
  • Identifying the elements of our activity that need correcting or improving
  • Acting decisively on each and every one of those activities
  • Making sure, with whatever means available, that we are sourcing our products from suppliers who share our philosophy
  • Increasing our recycled and certified paper content with a preference for PEFC or, better still, FSC
  • Raising the environmental awareness of our publishers
  • Raising the environmental awareness of retailers and consumers
  • Sharing our findings and expertise with other companies in the industry
  • Improving our processes on an ongoing basis in order to make them more environmentally friendly

Each of our national subsidiaries defines its own environment policy and sets objectives depending on the country in which it is based. Therefore, in terms of the global objective to limit the carbon footprint: - Hachette Livre was the first publisher in France to commit to a three-year carbon footprint analysis (scope 3). Changes made to the production, circulation and distribution phases on the heels of the first assessment in 2009 have resulted in a 16% reduction in CO2 emissions over three years for each book published by the Group in France. The latest carbon footprint assessment, conducted from November 2015 through February 2016, revealed a further 10% reduction in emissions since 2012.

In 2012, Hachette Livre introduced the carbon labeling of books published by the Group’s imprints in France, informing readers of the carbon footprint of the book they hold in their hands.

In 2015, Hachette Book Group reached its carbon footprint target (50% reduction over five years), surpassed its certified paper usage goal, with 99.7% certified fiber in its books, had an increase in recycled fiber usage (to 10.5% of overall paper use), and reduced energy consumption by 70% in its New York headquarters. HBG continues to closely monitor paper suppliers to ensure that their pulp isn’t sourced from endangered forests.

In 2014, 80% of the books published by Hachette UK’s trade publishing companies and 66.5% of Hachette UK’s total output were printed on FSC-certified paper. We aim to print 80% of total output on FCS-certified paper by 2019.

Carbon balance

Bilan carbone de Hachette Livre en France (synthèse)

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