We bring the forest to you

In Finland forests grow more than they are used.

Sustainable forest management and certification

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Wood from sustainably managed northern forests

Most of the wood Metsä Group uses comes from family-owned forests. These 116,000 families are our owner-members – 116,000 Finnish forest owners. We use our northern wood sustainably: in Finland forests grow 40% faster than they are used.

Of the wood we use, 100% comes from certified or controlled forests. We ensure sustainable forest use through third-party certification. Certification proves to us and our customers that the forests are used in a legal and sustainable manner.

Sustainable forestry always includes forest renewal. Each felled tree is replaced with four seedlings in the forest. Passed in 1886, the Finnish Forestry Act is one of the oldest forest laws in the world. From the very beginning, the Forestry Act has been founded on an oblig​​ation for forest renewal after felling.

Forest biodiversity

Values guide Metsä Group's operations 
 

Biodiversity is quaranteed with certification

Finnish forests play an important role in preserving biodiversity, as they are a home to many different habitats with over 20 000 different species.

The diversity of forest nature is protected in many ways. In Finland, where Metsä Group procures 3/4 of its wood, forests have been managed in accordance with the PEFC certification requirements for 15 years. A recent study highlighted the impacts of PEFC certification in Finland during the past 15 years. The study concluded that PEFC has systematized and improved practices and procedures both in forestry and the whole value chain. Regarding biodiversity, the study emphasized the effect of leaving retention trees, which is seen as the biggest single reason behind the current improvements in the status of endangered species

In cooperation with WWF Finland

Metsä Group and WWF Finland are working together for the sixth year. Joint efforts have provided valuable stakeholder views with hands-on approach in themes highly valued by both parties, such as the biodiversity of forests. Nature management in sunlit habitats and herb-rich forests have been among the topics discussed at common training events as forest management plays a remarkable role in safeguarding the biodiversity values of sunlit habitats and herb-rich forests.

Two thirds of the threatened forest species in Finland use herb-rich forests or sunlit slopes as their primary habitat. Some of the species benefit from loggings aimed at nature management of the habitat, imitating the natural dynamics of the site.

Metsä Group and WWF Finland joined their forces in a project that resulted in guidelines and training on the management of herb-rich forests and sunlit habitats in ordinary commercial forests. As a part of the project, Metsä Group has conducted loggings aimed at nature management in accordance with the guidelines.

Origin of wood and traceability

 
 

Origin of wood always known

Majority of Metsä Group’s wood originates from Finnish, privately owned forests, of which over 90% are PEFC™ certified. In addition to Finland, we purchase wood from Sweden, Russia and the Baltic countries. The same procurement criteria apply to all wood and regardless of the country, we always know the origin of the wood. Tracing systems enable us to trace the origin of the wood we purchase all the way to the felling site

Healthy forests are a key factor

Northern forests are a significant source of wood raw material, but they also offer a diverse range of opportunities, from recreation and nutrition to the maintenance of water systems and soil quality. These ecosystem services are always based on healthy, diverse natural environments.

The diversity of forest nature is protected in many ways. In Finland, forests have been managed in accordance with the PEFC certification requirements for 15 years. A study from Gaia Consulting highlighted the impacts of PEFC certification in Finland during those years. The study concluded that PEFC has systematised and improved practices and procedures both in forestry and the whole value chain. Regarding biodiversity, the study emphasised the effect of leaving retention trees, which is seen as the biggest single reason behind the current improvements in the status of endangered species.

Multilevel monitoring

Metsä Forest is responsible for wood supply for Metsä Group. It provides Metsä Group employees as well as harvesting contractors and wood suppliers with environmental training on a regular basis.
Compliance with natural values is assessed in many ways as part of forest work. Monitoring includes audits by internal auditors and the forest authorities, third-party audits of management systems, and audits included in forest certification processes.

See how Metsä Forest's wood procurement works

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Supply chain, purchasing and transportation

Metsä Group purchases from reliable suppliers  
 

Part of a responsible chain

Metsä Group focuses its purchases on reliable suppliers that consider the environment, operate in accordance with the highest ethical standards and enable long-term cooperation and responsible profitability through their quality and pricing. As part of their agreements, our suppliers sign a Code of Conduct to ensure that we cooperate only with suppliers that operate responsibly.

We extensively cooperate with our customers to develop products and their properties as well as services. Our efficiently produced, high-quality products are safe and often help our customers to reduce their environmental impact.

Our new target is to ensure the sustainability of our main logistics flows by the end of 2017. As part of a wider supply chain -focused sustainability process, we have already focused on assessing sustainability risks related to our raw material suppliers. Our target was to audit all high risk rated raw material key vendors by 2015. In the assessment we were happy to find no high-risk rated vedors.

Efficient transportation through an extensive network of companies

Processing raw materials into end products involves many stages. Each of these stages involves logistics: transporting wood raw material from forests to our mills, transporting semi-finished products between production plants and delivering final products to our customers. Our products are delivered to around 120 countries.

Our network of more than 1,000 suppliers allows for efficient, reliable logistics. We are a significant provider of work in many areas in Finland and Europe, even in logistics, as most of our road transport and logging service suppliers are entrepreneurs. We always require our suppliers to sign a written agreement and our Supplier Code of Conduct.