Our Sustainability Policy 

Sustainable Forestry

BTH Quitman Hickory LLC (a subsidiary of New Biomass) is committed to ensuring our products come from sustainable sources and encouraging employees to broaden the practice of sustainable forestry. To accomplish this commitment, we follow strict company policies and comply with the most stringent standards of responsible forestry and wood sourcing.

Traceability

Third-party certifications and company policies demonstrate our commitment to track the sources of our wood fiber and avoid trading and sourcing wood fiber from controversial sources or from illegally harvested wood, wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights, wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities, wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use, and wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

No Controversial Sources

Our business practices and company policy ensure that the forest-based raw material used in our products does not come from controversial sources.  Controversial sources are defined as raw material obtained through illegal logging, or which includes the taking of any threatened and endangered species, including those species listed under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), or other applicable state laws and regulations.

Land Stewardship

We employ credible and environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable forestry procurement and harvesting practices to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  We practice a land stewardship ethic when purchasing and harvesting timber that promotes the reforesting, managing, growing, nurturing, and harvesting of trees for useful products with the conservation of soil, air, and water quality, biological diversity, wildlife and aquatic habitat, recreation, and aesthetics.

Forestry Best Management Practices

We never knowingly accept any fiber produced in significant violation of state Best Management Practices for Forestry (BMPs).  All professional wood producers delivering wood to the New Biomass Energy facility must have completed SFI Implementation Committee approved logger training to achieve SFI Logger Education “trained” status.

Commitment to Compliance

We believe in the importance of social laws and are committed to complying with them, including those covering civil rights, equal employment opportunities, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment measures, workers’ compensation, indigenous peoples’ rights, workers’ and communities’ right to know, prevailing wages, workers’ right to organize, and occupational health and safety.

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