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  2. 2. The Colad Group would like to express its commitment to being certified with two excellent organizations. The Forest Stewardship Council (“FSC”) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (“SFI”) are two of the world’s leading sustainable forestry certification programs. The Forestry Stewardship Council ensures that all FSC-certified forest products come from responsibly managed forests and verified recycled sources. FSC-certified products contain forest products that are managed by a strict set of environmental and social standards. These standards are created by representatives from environmental, social and management groups across the world, through global cooperation. The wood and pulp fibers harvested from FSC-certified forest products are tracked from certified forests to converters and ultimately to the consumer. As a company certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council, The Colad Group will be an integral link in this chain-of-custody process that ensures sound environmental practices. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is a fully independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. The standards set up by the SFI address both environmental and silvicultural issues and are based on principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and forests with exceptional conservation value. SFI regulations are supported and promoted by program participants to further educate and train involved parties in the Forestry, Wood and Paper industries. SFI chain-of-custody certification extends into the marketplace by tracking fiber content from certified lands through production and manufacturing to the end product. Consumers who buy products with the SFI “percent- content” label know they are buying assurance of well-managed forests. The Colad Group pledges to abide by the terms of agreement of the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. We will continue to promote and support the development of better forestry practices developed by both of these leading organizations. Please join us in our effort to protect our world! Sincerely, J. Todd Anson President
  3. 3. MAKE SURE YOU SEE THE TREES THROUGH THE FOREST. Not all companies can supply FSC or SFI certified papers. The chain of custody requires every company that works with FSC or SFI stock be certified by an independent, third-party agency to ensure their compliance with the rigorous standards set by FSC and SFI. If the company offering certified stocks is NOT certified, then the chain of custody is broken, and you have no assurance that you are getting the environmentally responsible material that you demand. Colad is certified with both FSC and SFI and we offer many products made using FSC, SFI, and recycled paperboard, chipboard, corrugated, and litho stocks. We can source a wide variety of FSC and SFI certified substrates to give you the product you want while maintaining the chain of custody. By partnering with Colad to put the FSC or SFI label on your product, you can demonstrate to your customers that your company is a good steward of the environment and that you support ecologically sound forest management practices. Folders Binders Boxes Multi-Media Custom Packaging Design
  4. 4. About the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. FSC is the fastest growing forest certification system in the world, driven by a demand for FSC certified timber and non-timber forest products. As of April 2008, more than 100 million hectares of forest worldwide were certified to FSC standards, distributed over 79 countries. Only 7% of the world’s productive forests are FSC certified. Global FSC Certified Forest Area: By Region Europe North America 46.89% of total certified areas Asia 34.76% of total certified areas 2.08% of total certified areas (48’076’616 ha) (35’641’047 ha) (2’136’915 ha) 404 certificates 151 certificates 66 certificates Africa South America & Caribbean Oceania 3.4% of total certified areas 11.31% of total certified areas 1.55% of total certified areas (3’491’157 ha) (11’600’043 ha) (1’586’173 ha) 42 certificates 248 certificates 29 certificates Total certified area: No. countries: Total no. certificates: 102’531’951 ha 81 940 Source: Map FSC Denmark 01/01/08 Regional values FSC International 15/09/08 100% From well managed forests Source: FSC Denmark 01/01/08 *does not include data for 2006 Cert no. SGS-COC-005885 © 1996 Forest Stewardship Council CHAIN OF CUSTODY FOREST MILL PAPER COLAD CONSUMER MERCHANT
  5. 5. About the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) SFI is a fully independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. SFI works with conservation groups, local communities, resource professionals, landowners, and countless other organizations and individuals who share the passion for responsible forest management. SFI’s Board of Directors represents environmental, social and economic interests equally, and addresses local needs through a unique grassroots network of SFI Implementation Committees. SFI’s forest certification standard is based on principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and forests with exceptional conservation value. The standard is used widely across North America, and has strong acceptance in the global marketplace so SFI can deliver a steady supply of third-party certified wood from well-managed forests. This is especially important because of the growing demand for green building and responsible paper purchasing at a time when only 10% of the world’s forests are certified. The SFI label is a sign you are buying wood and paper products from well-managed forests, backed by a rigorous third-party certification audit. Certificate No. SGS-SFI-COC-0304 Colad’s use of the SFI label indicates that it is a participant in the SFI ® program in good standing and that Colad’s operations have been certified to be in compliance with the SFI Standard (SFIS) and guidelines by and independent auditor. For more detailed information on the SFI program and the standards and guidelines, please visit, CHAIN OF CUSTODY FOREST MILL PAPER COLAD CONSUMER MERCHANT
  6. 6. The Colad Group is proud to be named an EPA Green Power Partner through our commitment to purchase at least 170 MWh of energy from renewable sources (such as Wind). Our commitment helps reduce the risks associated with climate change by supporting technologies that are more sustainable for businesses and communities. Colad’s purchase commitment will reduce CO2 emissions by 77 metric tons – the equivalent of taking 25 cars off the road, or replenishing 97 acres with trees each year. Steel Winds Project LLC Buffalo, NY 7.25 miles from The Colad Group
  7. 7. Knowing when it’s time to GO GREEN. Colad Recycles in a BIG way! If you are looking for environmentally friendly packaging, look no further than paper. Unlike other packaging materials like plastic, vinyl and poly, paper is a natural resource that is renewable, sustainable, and recyclable. Colad is a leading manufacturer of custom paper-based presentation and promotional packaging. We are proud of the progress that we have made as responsible stewards of our environment - from technological advances that eliminate harmful emissions and fumes in the manufacturing process, to grass roots efforts like recycling every plastic bottle and sheet of copy paper. Improvements are continuously being made and Colad is exploring many ways to help future generations enjoy the world we live in. We make every effort to purchase our renewable resources from companies that think and act like we do! Colad works very closely with recycling companies to ensure that every material that can be recycled gets recycled. In 2008, Colad recycled over 900 tons of paper-based scrap – the equivalent of: Saving 22,437 trees Reducing total energy consumption enough to power 363 homes/ year Removing the greenhouse gas emissions from 466 cars/ year Conserving enough water to fill 24 Olympic-sized swim pools Keeping 70 garbage trucks worth of solid waste out of landfills
  8. 8. For more information on Colad’s environmental efforts, or for innovative solutions to your presentation packaging needs, please contact us: The Colad Group, LLC 801 Exchange Street Buffalo, NY 14210 800.950.1755 Niagara Falls Niagara Falls, NY 15.9 miles from The Colad Group, the Falls are the largest natural resource of hydroelectric power in the world. The surrounding generating stations can produce about 4.4 GW of power for both the United States and Canada.