Guidelines for the environmental work at
SCA Skog

SCA Skog shall create living forests for future generations. This involves, for example, combining high-quality and value-creating production with resource efficiency. We shall also preserve the biodiversity and historical values of forests at the same time as these shall be available for recreation.

Our employees shall be highly competent and through a deep commitment to environmental issues help to develop and steadily improve our operations.

We shall conduct sustainable operations by producing and delivering our products and services using technologies and methods that limit and prevent negative environmental impacts.

We shall collaborate with our customers, suppliers, contractors and other key stakeholders to achieve more from our sustainability agenda. The compliance obligations identified through this dialogue form a minimum level.

Our own forestry is certified under FSC®, the Forest Stewardship Council, and PEFC™, the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, and, in accordance with these criteria, shall be conducted responsibly. When working on behalf of all private forest owners, we shall take the same responsibility for environmental considerations as we do in our own forestry activities.

All timber acquisition shall be carried out in a responsible manner and is therefore certified according to the requirements of FSCand PEFC regarding traceability and controlled wood standards.

In the event of major changes in operations, we shall consider our impact on environmental aspects.

Jonas Mårtensson, President SCA Skog



Instruction for sourcing of wood raw material

SCA will actively work to ensure that forests are managed responsible, both through the management of its own forest holdings, and through the responsible sourcing of wood raw material. All wood raw material used by SCA shall be sourced from responsibly managed forests and as a minimum meet FSC’s standard for Controlled Wood. SCA aims at maximizing the proportion of wood raw material sourced from FSC™ (FSC™ C004466) or PEFC™-certified forests.

This instruction covers all types of wood raw material and is a supporting document to SCA’s sustainability policy. In this context, “wood raw material” refers to wood fiber used in the production of solid-wood products, pulp, and paper products.

SCA’s business area Forest is responsible for the sourcing of all wood raw material to SCA’s industries except for the sourcing of sawn timber for further processing that is handled by SCA’s business area Wood. The sourcing is to be done in a responsible way that supports:

  • The overall objectives of the SCA Group and policies
  • SCA’s overarching ambition to create health forests for future generations

SCA actively works to exclude wood raw material originating from:

  • Illegally harvested forests
  • Forests where high conservation values are threatened by harvesting. In Sweden, this applies to any timber that comes from woodland key habitats that are harvested contrary to recommendations from the Swedish Forest Agency
  • Forests that have been substantially converted to plantation or other forms of land use
  • Forestry using genetically modified trees
  • Forestry that breaches any of the core conventions of ILO in respect of forced and/or child labor, freedom of association and collective bargaining or discrimination and harassment
  • Forests harvested in violation of traditional and human rights
  • Sources that are not compliant with EUTR, the EU timber regulation 

This is ensured by:

  • SCA’s forest management of its Swedish forest holdings being certified in accordance with FSC’s and PEFC’s Swedish standards for responsible forest management
  • Forestry conducted by SCA on its forest holdings in other countries being carried out in a responsible manner and certified in accordance with FSC’s and PEFC’s national standards
  • Procuring wood raw material from other sources that is, where possible, either FSC or PEFC certified
  • Encouraging private forest owners to certify their forest management or apply the SCA standard for conservation (SCA-hänsyn)
  • SCA’s entire wood raw material sourcing organization is third–party certified in accordance with FSC’s and PEFC’s international Chain of Custody standards


Read our Instruction for sourcing of wood raw material