Wood sourcing

We only source wood from sustainably managed Northern European forests, in which the regeneration of forests and biodiversity are ensured.

All parties involved in the processing of wood and pulp in our value chain comply with the requirements of the PEFC or FSC® chain of custody, which means that all the wood fibre we use is traceable. 

Most of the wood we use, 83% in 2021, originates from certified forest sources. The target is at least 90% by the end of 2030. We also require that any non-certified wood we use is of sustainable origin to ensure that it always meets at least the criteria for PEFC Controlled Sources and FSC Controlled Wood.

Metsä Board fulfils the obligations of the European Union Timber Regulation (EU 995/2010), the UK Timber Regulation and the US Lacey Act, all of which prohibit the marketing of illegally harvested timber and timber products. Also, compliance with PEFC and FSC chain of custody ensure that the wood we use is never harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights nor from forests with high conservation value. Chain of custody standards also prohibit the use of genetically modified trees. Metsä Board’s chain of custody system is evaluated annually as part of Metsä Group’s internal and third-party external audits.

Our licence codes are PEFC/02-31-92 and FSC®-C001580.

Metsä Board's wood supply areas in 2021

  • 53%

    from Finland

  • 29%

    from Sweden

  • 9%

    from the Baltic countries

  • 9%

    from Russia*

Wood from Northern Europe and self-sufficiency in pulp


Our wood supply is managed by Metsä Group's wood supply and forest services. The pulp used for paperboard production is manufactured in Metsä Board’s own BCTMP (bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp) and pulp mills or in the pulp mills of our associated company Metsä Fibre. Self-sufficiency in pulp and full control of the chemicals used in our production secures the supply of fibre and guarantees consistent high quality and an unbroken product safety chain.

The majority of our wood raw material comes from Finland and Sweden. We use only spruce, pine, birch and aspen, which occur naturally in these countries. 

*Our wood sourcing from Russia was discontinued in March 2022.

The wood we use has full traceability.