Resolute Forest Products Issues 2012 Annual Report Including Overview of 2012 Sustainability Performance

Resolute Forest Products Issues 2012 Annual Report Including Overview of 2012
                          Sustainability Performance

PR Newswire

MONTREAL, March 25, 2013

MONTREAL, March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/  - Resolute Forest Products (NYSE:  RFP) 
(TSX: RFP) today issued its 2012 Annual Report, which includes an overview  of 
the Company's 2012 sustainability performance. While Resolute will continue to
produce its  Annual Sustainability  Report using  Global Reporting  Initiative 
(GRI)  guidelines,  the  Company   is  now  also  integrating   sustainability 
performance information into its annual financial disclosure.

"Resolute recognizes that  focusing on  sustainability is  good business.  Our 
decision  to  produce   a  report  combining   financial  and   sustainability 
performance demonstrates our commitment to balancing environmental, social and
economic priorities,"  said Richard  Garneau,  President and  Chief  Executive 
Officer. "We work hard to integrate sustainability into the way we do business
because  we  believe  this  approach  brings  value  to  our  customers,   our 
shareholders, our employees and the communities where we live and work."

In 2012, Resolute made important progress on several of its key sustainability
commitments, including:

Carbon Management -  As part of  its membership in  the World Wildlife  Fund's 
Climate Savers  program,  Resolute  committed  to  achieving  a  reduction  in 
absolute greenhouse gas emissions of 65%  below 2000 levels by 2015. In  2012, 
Resolute achieved a  reduction of over  62% and is  on track to  meet its  WWF 
commitment.

Fiber Sourcing - The Company obtained chain of custody certification at all of
its North  American pulp  and paper  mills and  wood products  facilities,  to 
either Forest Stewardship Council^® (FSC)^®, Programme for the Endorsement  of 
Forest Certification  (PEFC)  or  Sustainable  Forestry  Initiative^®  (SFI^®) 
standards.

Forest Certification - Resolute  is at the  forefront of fiber  certification, 
with 100% of the woodlands managed by the Company certified to internationally
recognized sustainable forest  management standards.  Resolute is  progressing 
toward its commitment to add FSC certification to 80% of its managed woodlands
by 2015, and  as of press  time for the  report, the Company  had reached  65% 
certification. In 2012, Resolute achieved the distinction of being the largest
manager of  FSC-certified  forests  in  the world.  Taken  all  together,  the 
Company's FSC-certified forests cover an area larger than Greece.

Product  Stewardship   -  The   Company  launched   its  Align^TM   brand   of 
eco-efficient, budget-friendly, high-performance papers, which are made  using 
50% less fiber and fewer chemicals  than competitive papers. Depending on  the 
grade, the carbon  footprint for Align  papers is  35% to 86%  lower than  for 
competitive papers.

First Nations -  Resolute developed  and published  a formal  policy on  First 
Nations relations.

Health and Safety - The Company achieved a world-class Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) incident rate of 1.13, meeting Resolute's goal of
1.2 or  below. For  2013, the  Company is  committed to  further reducing  the 
number of workplace injuries and has set an OSHA target of 1.0 or below.

While the 2012 Annual  Report is Resolute's  first report combining  financial 
and sustainability performance, this is  the Company's fourth year  publishing 
sustainability-related performance data. More  comprehensive data and  details 
related to the Company's sustainability performance for 2012 will be  included 
in its GRI-compliant Annual Sustainability Report to be released online  later 
this year.

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 over  40 
pulp and paper mills and wood products facilities in the United States, Canada
and South Korea, and power generation assets in Canada. Marketing its products
in close  to 90  countries, Resolute  has third-party  certified 100%  of  its 
managed  woodlands  to  at  least  one  of  three   internationally-recognized 
sustainable forest management standards, including 65% certified to the Forest
Stewardship  Council^®  (FSC^®)  standards.  The  shares  of  Resolute  Forest 
Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock  Exchange 
and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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 Resolute Forest Products Inc.

Contact:

Investors
Rémi G. Lalonde
Vice President, Investor Relations
514 394-2345
ir@resolutefp.com

Media and Others
Seth Kursman
Vice President, Corporate Communications,
Sustainability and Government Affairs
514 394-2398
seth.kursman@resolutefp.com
 
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