Mosaic Forest Management expands PAR certification
June 20, 2019 By Mosaic Forest Management
Mosaic Forest Management Corp., timberlands manager for TimberWest and Island Timberlands, is pleased to announce the successful expansion of bronze-level Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification across all Mosaic-managed lands. TimberWest was the first forestry company in British Columbia to achieve PAR certification, and extending this certification to Island Timberlands-owned lands was a key commitment when the companies affiliated land management as Mosaic Forest Management in November 2018.
PAR certification is a program of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business that evaluates performance and impact in key areas important to indigenous communities. Supported by independent third-party verification, certification under PAR signals that Mosaic Forest Management is a committed partner with the policies, systems, and resources dedicated to achieving positive outcomes in our indigenous relationships.
In 2019, the United Nations is observing the International Year of Indigenous Languages. In support of this important initiative and in celebration of our expanded certification under PAR, Mosaic is creating a new fund to advance Indigenous language revitalization on Vancouver Island. This $25,000 fund will go to support the teaching, revitalization and preservation of Indigenous languages within local First Nations communities.
“Expanding PAR certification across all Mosaic-managed lands confirms our commitment to deepen and strengthen the important connections we have with Aboriginal business partners and communities. It is a foundation from which we will continue to work with First Nations business partners and communities to manage our lands and resources,” said Jeff Zweig, President & CEO of Mosaic Forest Management.
“Leading companies like Mosaic Forest Management are showing the Canadian business community what is possible when reconciliation is built into business models. We are pleased to acknowledge the expansion of Progressive Aboriginal Relations certification to Mosaic’s full forest area, and look forward to working with them to advance their cultural, economic and environmental goals in partnership,” added JP Gladu, CEO Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
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