We use traceable wood from northern forests
All of the wood raw material that Metsä Group purchases comes from sustainably managed northern forests. Currently 77% 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 2016
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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.
Metsä Group fulfils the obligations of the European Union Timber Regulation (EU 995/2010) and the US Lacey Act, which both prohibit the marketing of illegally harvested timber and timber products.
Safeguarding responsibility in wood supply