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.
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