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 goal of this ISR report is to provide a benchmark for sustainable accounting of the industry’s governance, social, environmental and economic impacts. It is believe that the ISR report will play a role in mobilizing members to engage in positive change and will enhance stakeholder understanding and collaboration.
Priorities for the coming years are:
- to support sustainability research in environmental areas that are impacted by peat moss industry;
- to ensure that restoration of post-harvest sites are conducted by the CSPMA’s members in accordance with government compliance;
- and to enhance close, positive and supportive relationships with various levels of government and with First Nations and Métis communities, and engage in constructive dialogue with NGOs and consumers.
The Quebec Peat Moss Producers Association (APTHQ) also released its first Social Responsibility Report in early 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 great projects, and relationships with our stakeholders remain at the heart of our priorities.