Forest certification signifies sustainable forest use
It is important to our customers that the wood we use originates from responsibly managed forests. Third-party forest certification signifies legal and sustainable forest use to us and our customers. We want to participate in the development of sustainable forestry standards and to offer our customers as wide a range of certified products as possible.
Only around 11% of the world’s forests are certified, but 84% of the wood used by Metsä Group has international PEFC™ and FSC® forest certification. This is an excellent rate in our industry, and our goal is to keep the share of certified wood above 80%. Of the wood we use, 100% is traceable and comes from certified or controlled forests. We promote forest certification in all of our areas of operation and actively participate in its development internationally. Riikka Joukio, SVP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Metsä Group, is a member of the PEFC Board of Directors.
Certification serves to ensure biodiversity and the preservation of habitats and biotopes typical of forests. Certification also safeguards the rights of people working in forests and ensures that forests can continue to be used for recreational purposes.