2014

Unisource Earns Nationwide Environmental Chain-Of-Custody Certification Warehouse Operations Promote Worldwide Sustainability and Preserve

Integrity from Forest to End-User



    NORCROSS, Ga., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisource Worldwide, Inc., one
 of the leading distributors of paper, packaging and facility supplies in
 North America, has earned nationwide Chain-of-Custody certification.
 Unisource was certified by SGS -- the world's leading inspection,
 verification, testing and certification company -- at all Unisource
 distribution centers and PaperPlus locations. SGS is recognized as the
 global benchmark for quality and integrity.
     Chain-of-Custody tracks paper products throughout their life cycle
 beginning with proper forestry management all the way to consumption by the
 end-user. Companies, such as Unisource, play a vital role in maintaining
 integrity throughout the entire distribution chain.
     Unisource's warehouse facilities are now certified by three independent
 forest management agencies. Unisource is the first national distributor to
 earn three certifications, including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC),
 Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the prestigious Program for
 Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The three certifications extend
 to March 2012.
     The FSC has developed a set of principles and criteria for responsible
 forest management that is consistently applied to all FSC-certified forests
 worldwide. The program certifies wood products recognized as coming from
 "well-managed" forests adhering to strict environmental and socioeconomic
 standards. SFI is a program based on nine principles that address economic,
 environmental, cultural and legal issues, in addition to a commitment to
 continuously improve sustainable forest management. PEFC is a global
 organization for the assessment of national forest certification schemes
 developed in a multi-stakeholder process. These national schemes build upon
 the inter-governmental processes for the promotion of sustainable forest
 management, a series of ongoing mechanisms supported by 149 governments in
 the world and covering 85 percent of the world's forest area.
     "Our Chain-of-Custody certification is a prestigious seal of approval,
 and it provides assurances to our customers that we are following best
 practices and fulfilling our responsibilities in forest management," said
 Ed Farley, Unisource Vice President, Marketing - Paper. "The market demand
 for Chain-of- Custody is continuing to increase, particularly in the paper
 industry, and our certification strengthens our commitment to environmental
 stewardship."
     Unisource's Paper businesses include Websource, a paper broker with
 expertise in servicing the commercial printing web market; Rollsource, the
 industry leader in the specialized converting of commercial printing paper
 for distribution in the business forms and direct mail industries;
 PaperPlus, Unisource's specialty local retail store concept servicing small
 commercial and quick printers in select markets; and Paper Solution, which
 offers customers a streamlined selection of high-volume paper products. In
 addition, Unisource also owns Graphic Communications, a full-service paper
 and print brokerage that services a wide variety of regional, national and
 international companies.
     These businesses supply commercial printers and publishers and a broad
 range of industry segments with the leading brands of paper and imaging
 supplies. Unisource also sells its own private label brands that offer
 quality at an affordable price. The company's product lines are designed to
 meet customer needs across the full range of business paper for all
 communication applications. This includes books, catalogs, manuals, forms,
 brochures, booklets, letters, newsletters, flyers, reporting, advertising
 and direct mail.
     For more information on Unisource Paper products, please visit
 www.unisourcelink.com, or contact Unisource at 1-800-unisource.
     Note: Unisource Worldwide, Inc. Chain-of-Custody certification numbers
 are as follows:
     Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -- SGS-COC-003630
     Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) -- US/07/SFI/036 NCS-SFICOC-037
     Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) -- SGS-PEFC/COC-
 0208
     About Unisource Worldwide, Inc.
     Unisource Worldwide, Inc., (www.unisourcelink.com) is a leading
 independent marketer and distributor of commercial printing and business
 imaging papers, packaging systems and facility supplies and equipment in
 North America. Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., Unisource is one of the
 largest private companies in the United States and offers the most
 comprehensive suite of products and services in the industry. With
 approximately 6,500 team members - including approximately 2,600 sales,
 customer service and technical support specialists; 100 distribution
 centers, and a fleet of approximately 1,300 vehicles - Unisource can
 deliver what your business needs when and where you want it - locally,
 regionally and nationally.
 
 

SOURCE Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

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