Fiber sourcing & biodiversity

SCA’s wood sourcing policy has a clear position: to source wood only from non-controversial sources. SCA is using a global supplier standard to verify suppliers performance. As Europe’s largest private forest owner, SCA also takes its dual role as business leader and guardian of an important natural resource seriously.

All its forests are certified in accordance with Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standard and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Outcome 2013

  • All deliveries of pulp to SCA’s facilities met the Group target. All of SCA’s wood-consuming units are reviewed by independent auditors and meet the requirements of the Group target.
  • 7% of SCA’s productive forest land has been set aside in the long term from forestry in ecological landscape plans. In 2013, 15% of the area in planned harvesting sites was set aside for preservation.

The Sustainability effect

Biodiversity is a measure of the health of ecosystems. Preserving the biodiversity of our forests is a prioritised sustainability target for SCA. One example is the creation of “diversity areas” where at least half the designated space consists of SCA land set aside for nature conservation purposes or managed to enhance the prospects for biodiversity.

Dead wood of pine trees, which is a habitat for insects and wood fungi, is one example of a scarce commodity. That is why we leave more than one tree in ten from harvesting, to die from natural causes. Old pine trees may with time become suitable nesting trees for ural owls.