Origin of wood is known in all the wood supply countries
Chain of custody certification provides the proof that origin, legality and sustainability are realised throughout the supply chain. By following FSC® (FSC-C014476) and PEFC (PEFC/02-31-03) chain of custody certification requirements, Metsä Group is not only sourcing wood mainly from certified forests, but also choosing responsible partners and suppliers and following and reporting certified amounts and origin information correctly throughout the chain. In addition, we also make sure that all the non-certified materials follow and exceed requirements, for example, the legal requirements in sustainability related issues.
Metsä Group has used digital maps to monitor the origin of wood for more than ten years. The Group also has a third-party certification for its chain of custody management system covering all of its wood supply operations.
We verify the origin of the wood and ensure compliance
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. Internal audits and the third party certified chain of custody management system cover the operations of wood suppliers and harvesting 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.