YORK, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/30/08 -- Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT), a global manufacturer of specialty papers and engineered products and a leader in responsible forestry management, has achieved chain-of-custody certification to the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) standards at its North American production facilities in Spring Grove, PA and Chillicothe, OH. The new triple certification provides assurance that Glatfelter has in fact implemented responsible forest management to its longstanding policies, and that chain-of-custody procedures exist to pass certified fiber from the forest, through the manufacturing processes and onto customers and end-users.
"Achieving forestry certification from multiple systems demonstrates Glatfelter's continued commitment to environmental results as a socially responsible manufacturer," said George Glatfelter. "Triple certification enables Glatfelter to further strengthen its sustainable business platform with official recognition of our green practices, and provides our customers with a range of options to meet their own sustainability objectives."
Natures Book -- A leading environmental choice
Already a leading environmental choice for Book Publishers, Natures Book will be Glatfelter's first FSC-certified product. The newly certified Natures Book grade, available in early February 2008, has incorporated 30% post consumer waste fiber since its introduction in early 2007. "Our customers can rest assured that our integrity as a supplier of recycled PCW containing products is now backed by our verifiable third-party chain-of-custody certifications in addition to our steadfast commitment to environmental excellence," said George Glatfelter.
Additional certified products will be available across Glatfelter's other North American specialty products starting in March.
To learn more about the new, FSC-certified Natures Book, visit www.glatfelter.com/products/book_publishing.
Glatfelter's Environmental Commitment
Environmental responsibility is a Core Value and a key element of Glatfelter's sustainability philosophy. Consistent with its Core Values, Glatfelter is committed to continuous improvement in all we do, to conserve resources, prevent waste and foster environmental sustainability for the benefit of future generations. Glatfelter's environmental initiatives achieved national recognition when the facility in Spring Grove, PA, became the first pulp and paper mill in the United States to receive ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system. Co-generation of steam and electricity using renewable biomass fuels, beneficial use of secondary products and utilizing products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances are a few examples that demonstrate Glatfelter's good stewardship.
To learn more about Glatfelter's commitment to the environment, visit our website at www.glatfelter.com/environment.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the independent certification of forests. FSC promotes responsible forest management by evaluating and accrediting certifiers, by encouraging the development of national and regional forest management standards, and by providing public education and information about independent, third-party certification as a tool for ensuring that the world's forests are protected for future generations. For more information, visit www.fscus.org/.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is a fully independent certification program involving a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance measurements developed by professional foresters, conservationists and scientists. Together they combine the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the long-term protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality. In addition to the commitment to continuously improve sustainable forest management, the SFI standard addresses economic, environmental, cultural and legal issues. For more information, visit www.sfiprogram.org/.
PEFC is a global organization that endorses national forest certification systems that meet their requirements for sustainable forestry, with the goal of promoting sustainable forest management worldwide. For more information, visit www.pefc.org/.
Headquartered in York, PA, Glatfelter is a global manufacturer of specialty papers and engineered products. U.S. operations include facilities in Spring Grove, PA, and Chillicothe and Fremont, OH. International operations include facilities in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Philippines and a representative office in China. Glatfelter's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GLT. Additional information may be found at www.glatfelter.com.
William T. Yanavitch
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96 South George Street
York, Pennsylvania 17401 U.S.A.