In 2014, the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) released its first Industry Social Responsibility Report (ISR). To do so, the CSPMA joined the Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture Systems (SAFA) pilot project of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to ensure rigour and objectiveness of its reporting initiative. This was one of twenty-three pilot initiatives participating in the advancement of the SAFA Guidelines during the 2012-2013 period.
The purpose of this ISR report is to provide a benchmark for quantifying industry governance and social, environmental and economic issues. It is also intended to play a role in mobilizing members towards positive change and to improve understanding and collaboration with various stakeholders.
The priorities identified in this report are :
– to support research on sustainable development and responsible peatland management in regions affected by peat industry activities;
– to ensure that restoration of post-harvest site is carried out by CSPMA members, in compliance with applicable regulations;
– to strengthen relationships and communication with various levels of government, First Nations and Métis, and engage in constructive dialogue with NGOs and consumers.
The Quebec Peat Moss Producers Association (APTHQ) also released its first Social Responsibility Report in 2015. This report, in the form of a calendar, describes the efforts of the peat industry to integrate responsible management throughout its operations. The APTHQ and its members wish to maintain and develop major projects, and relationships with our stakeholders remain at the heart of our priorities.