Metsä Group always knows the origin of its wood.

We always know the origin of the wood we use

 

                                                                

We use traceable wood from northern forests

All of the wood raw material that Metsä Group purchases comes from sustainably managed northern ​​forests. Currently some 76% of the wood comes from Finland. Metsä Group also purchases wood from Russia, Sweden and the Baltic countries. Three quarters of the wood we purchase in Finland comes from privately owned forests of the members of Metsäliitto Cooperative. The member-owners of Metsäliitto Cooperative own nearly half of the private forests in Finland.

Wood procurement by country in 2015

Finland​Baltic countries​Russia ​Sweden
​76%​9%​8%​7%

 

Regardless of whether the wood comes from certified forests, we always know its origin and verify that the wood is lawful and that the supply chain is acceptable and sustainable. Our chain of custody management systems enable us to monitor the origin and logistics chain of the wood we purchase throughout the entire value chain. We use chain of custody monitoring to verify the route of raw material deliveries from certified forests all the way to the final product.

Internal audits and the third party certified chain of custody management system cover the operations of wood suppliers and felling contractors while also verifying the origin of the wood and compliance with environmental values. Sustainability issues – from environmental values and the origin of the wood to well-being at work, working conditions and safety at work – are extensively examined during audits. 

Metsä Group requires its wood suppliers and contractors to comply with sustainability principles as part of their contracts, right from the beginning of the supply chain. These principles also apply to any subcontractors contributing to the delivery.

Safeguarding responsibility in wood supply

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Forest regeneration

​Most relevant points for sustainability:
Growth of the forest
Safety at work
Secured and suitable origin of the seed
No use of GMOs
Legality guaranteed

Control:
Company's own audits
Forest Management audits (in certified forests)
Quality and Environment Management System audits
Authority inspections

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Standing Forest

​​Most relevant points for sustainability:
Growth of the forest
Health of the forest
Biodiversity safeguarded
Legality guaranteed

Control:
Forest Management audits (in certified forests)
Controlled sources audit (in non-certified forests)
Authority inspections
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Harvesting area

​​Most relevant points for sustainability:
Growth of the forest
Safety at work
Protection of soil and water
Biodiversity safeguarded
Legality guaranteed

Control:
Company's own audits
Forest Management audits (in certified forests)
Controlled origin audits (in non-certified forests)
Quality and Environment Management System audits
Authority inspections
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Supply chain

​​​Most relevant points for sustainability:
Knowledge on the origin of wood
Safety at work
Transparency of the supply chain
Emissions minimized
Legality guaranteed

Control:
Company's own audits
Chain of Custody audits
Quality and Environment Management System audits
Authority inspections

Leading the way in wood supply in Russia​

Metsä Group is one of the leading companies in developing chain of custody tracking systems in Russia. We verify the origin of the wood and ensure compliance with the principles of sustainable forest management by means of wood supplier and logging site audits, which are carried out in a consistent manner in all of our wood procurement countries . We have been collecting information about the origin of the wood we purchase in Russia ever since we began to procure wood there.

Metsä Group has used digital maps to monitor the origin of wood for more than ten years. The Group also has third-party certification for its chain of custody management system covering all of its wood supply operations.

 

 

Main forest areas owned or leased by Metsä Group

​Country ​Forest owner / leaseholder ​Total area, hectares 1) Of which protected areas, hectares ​Certification
​Finland ​​Metsä-Botnia Metsät Oy​34,348​42​PEFC and FSC
​Kirkniemen Kartano Oy​961​217 2)​PEFC
​Russia​OOO Metsä Forest Podporozhye​271,865​75,183 3)​FSC (and PEFC)

Metsäliitto Cooperative's FSC logo lisence code is FSC-C014476.

 1) Including forestry land and other land within the forest estate / area.

2) Including Nature Conservation Areas, Natura 2000 areas and Conservation Programme areas. Small-scale valuable forest habitats and the buffer zones of watercourses are not included in the figures.

3) Including forests with a protective function (e.g. forests along watercourses); those with special limitations of the utilisation regime; and biologically valuable forests that have been excluded from commercial use by the company. Strictly protected areas are excluded from the lease areas in Russia. Small-scale valuable forest habitats are not included in the figures.

In addition to the areas presented in the table, Metsä Group owns small forest estates in Finland and in Estonia (altogether 103 ha ). Further, Metsä Group owns shares (<50%) in the Finnish forest-owning entities Finsilva Oyj and Suomen Metsäsijoitus Oy, and in the Russian forestry holding Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki.