RONA defends environmental policy

Boucherville, Quebec —based RONA, the Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, issued a clarification to a document published on Aug. 20 by Greenpeace that criticized RONA and other retailers for using suppliers that chop down trees from endangered areas of Canada’s Boreal Forest.

The Greenpeace document urged RONA to insist that its logging suppliers—Abitibi-Consolidated, Tembec and Domtar—obtain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification on all their lumber products.

The same day Greenpeace issued its statement, RONA responded with a defense of its corporate policy of responsible purchasing and sustainable development.

“With respect to forest products, the company does not buy any product derived from endangered species and favors the purchase of products that bear Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) as well as ISO 14001 certifications,” the statement reads.

“Furthermore, RONA ensures that all of the goods it procures, whether forest products or other, have been produced in conditions that respect human rights and the environment. RONA applies these principles in its choice of suppliers, sub-contracto