SCA’s sources for raw materials are a balance between purchases from other forest owners, imports, and forest raw materials from SCA’s forests. Wood procurement is concentrated in northern Sweden, which enables us to have strong control over harvesting locations and conservation values. All wood raw materials we use must come from responsibly managed forests.

Our raw materials come from responsibly managed forests

All wood raw materials SCA uses must come from responsibly managed forests. We are working to maximize the proportion of raw materials coming from FSC® or PEFC™ certified forests. All purchased raw materials that are delivered to us must meet at least the FSC standards for Controlled Wood. Controlled wood is timber that does not come from controversial sources under the FSC Controlled Wood and PEFC Controlled Sources standards.

Increased need for raw materials

The expansion of the Östrand pulp mill has led to an increased need for raw materials. That is why we are purchasing more raw materials from external suppliers. All raw material sourcing takes conservation values into consideration. This means that the increased need for raw materials does not lead to increased pressure on värdetrakter.

Raw materials sources

Table: This table shows the difference between how we sourced raw materials in million m3sub, before and after the Östrand expansion.

From our own forests

  • Harvesting levels remain unchanged and are governed by a sustainable harvesting levels.
  • Purchases of own forests in the Baltic states.

Chips from own sawmills

  • No changes in volume

Local purchases from private forest owners

  • Increasing purchases in the current regions.
  • Purchases from new regions.

Central purchases from forest companies and forest owner associations

  • Long-term contracts
  • Increased imports

SCA actively abstains from illegally harvested wood raw materials

Nor do we purchase raw materials from forests with high conservation values, or where harvesting occurs in conflict with traditional customary rights and human rights.

Read more about our Instruction for sourcing of wood raw material

Net forest growth increasing

Every tree that is harvested is replaced with at least two new trees. Net growth in the forest exceeds harvesting by three million cubic meters annually. Approximately 10% of all trees planted each year in Sweden is planted by us on our own land. Standing volume, which is the volume of growing trees, has increased by about 60% since 1950.

The aim of our forest management is to have at least as much biodiversity, nature experiences and raw materials in our forests in the future as we have today.
Read more about our activities and positive examples.

See our voluntary set-asides and conservation parks here.