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Resolute Forest Products Increases FSC(R) Certification from 51% to 65%

November 16, 2012
        --  Resolute already world's largest manager of FSC-certified

MONTREAL, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Resolute Forest Products (NYSE:
RFP) (TSX: RFP) has certified an additional 3.5 million hectares (8.6
million acres) of Company-managed forestlands in Quebec to Forest
Stewardship Council(®) (FSC) standards. These new certifications raise the total area of
Resolute tenures that are FSC-certified in North America to 15.8
million hectares (39 million acres), an area larger than Greece and
twice the size of Ireland.

The newly-certified areas include 2.2 million hectares (5.4 million
acres) in the Baie-Comeau region of Côte-Nord and 1.3 million hectares
(3.2 million acres) in the Senneterre region of Abitibi, the latter
representing a joint certification with Tembec. The combined area is
equivalent in size to Belgium.

Resolute has committed to increasing FSC certification of its forest
tenures from 18% in 2010 to 80% in 2015. As of today, the Company has
certified approximately 65% of its forests to FSC standards. 100% of
the forests managed by Resolute are already certified to at least one
of three internationally-recognized responsible forest management
standards – FSC, Canadian Standards Association (CSA Z809) and
Sustainable Forestry Initiative(® )(SFI).

“Obtaining FSC certification for an area this size is a major
milestone,” said Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive
Officer. “The dedication of our forestry teams has been instrumental in
Resolute becoming the largest manager of FSC-certified forests in the
world. Such an achievement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to
responsibly managing the natural resources in our care.”

FSC is an international certification and labelling system dedicated to
promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. Co-founded in
Canada by the World Wildlife Fund in 1993, FSC works to endorse
environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically
viable forest management. FSC is an important example of partnership
between environmental organizations and businesses.

About Resolute Forest Products
Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products
industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint,
commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company
owns or operates 22 pulp and paper mills and 22 wood products
facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea. Marketing its
products in close to 80 countries, Resolute has third-party certified
100% of its managed woodlands to sustainable forest management
standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock
symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock

Resolute and other member companies of the Forest Products Association
of Canada, as well as a number of environmental organizations, are
partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to
identify solutions to conservation issues that meet the goal of
balancing equally the three pillars of sustainability linked to human
activities: environmental, social and economic. Resolute is also a
member of the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers program, in which
businesses establish ambitious targets to voluntarily reduce greenhouse
gas emissions and work aggressively toward achieving them. 


Source: PR Newswire