SCA's target is to mange our forests in a way so that they are at least as rich in the future of raw material, biodiversity and experiences as today.

Valuable forests

Responsible management creates a diversity of values for people and the environment.

SCA's forests are home to lots of animals and plants. And our goal is forests to be at least as rich in biodiversity in the future as they are today. For some threatened and rare species, special efforts are required to survive and increase in numbers.

Social values
SCA’s forests, not least the forest roads SCA builds, contribute toward ecotourism, hunting and fishing. We have also launched a map service to make it easier for people to visit SCA’s forests with the highest conservation values and our conservation parks.

High growth
SCA has never had as much forest as it does now. For a long time, we have been able to increase the harvesting of renewable raw materials, while the standing forest has increased in volume and growth. This means that our forest resource has a higher value.

Raw material sources
SCA’s sources for raw materials are a balance between purchases from other forest owners, imports, and forest raw materials from SCA’s forests. All wood raw materials used must come from responsibly managed forests, at least meet the FSC standard for Controlled Wood.

Certified forest management
SCA's forestry is certified and we undertake to follow the guidelines for responsible forestry set up by FSC® and PEFC ™. The entire chain from the forest to the finished product must be monitored and checked by independent auditors.

Consideration for the Sami people and reindeer husbandry
The Sami communities own the right to reindeer herding on SCA's land. Good collaboration is a key for both businesses to function. We seek solutions that minimize the impact and work for both parties.

Sustainability targets
SCA Group's sustainability targets will be achieved by 2030 with 2019 as the base year. The targets presented are those we consider to be most relevant for SCA’s business operations and stakeholders.

What we do!
SCA has a long-term perspective and takes responsibility for sustainable development throughout our business. See our good examples and activities that show how sustainability is part of SCA's business concept.

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Responsible forest management
Responsible forest management

The program “Delivering Biodiversity Conservation“

SCA has embarked on an initiative aiming to improve precision in biodiversity conservation.

As an important part of SCA's sustainability work and aligned with forestry regulations, biodiversity conservation is addressed on all SCAs forest land, i.e. set-aside productive forest land, forests managed specifically for conservation values, land under regular management for timber and conservation values, as well as low-productive land.

SCA has made an in-depth analysis of the 2020 Swedish Red List of threatened species and associated databases to determine which species are threatened and dependent on suitable habitats on SCAs land. 203 threatened species were identified as a Species Commitment for SCA, for which specific efforts to preserve and develop habitats should be made.

Current conservation status on SCAs land were evaluated with respect to the identified habitat categories. In total 400,000 hectares of critical habitats were confirmed within set-aside areas identified at the landscape level and on low-productive land. In 2020, 10% of the area planned for harvesting was set-aside, further preserving critical habitats and structures in the managed forest.

SCA's next steps:

  • include reinforcing conservation measures in corporate forest operations
  • further enhancing the underlying knowledge base
  • improving monitoring and evaluation
  • establishing partnerships for mutual learning and continued methodology development

Download the entire program here.

An SCA initiative

Responsible fiber sourcing

SCA’s timber unit is responsible for sourcing wood raw material for the production of wood, pulp and paper products. The raw material sourcing is third-party certified according to PEFC and FSC Chain of Custody. The largest amount of raw material is derived from certified forest operations. All raw material from the company’s own forests is included in this share. The remaining volumes are CoC-certified in accordance with FSC CW, of which half is from felling where the proportion of forest set aside for nature conservation corresponds to FSC requirements (SCA retention). SCA encourages its external suppliers to certify their forest management to increase access to certified raw materials.

SCA’s production facilities used 10.7 million (11.3) cubic meters of wood raw material in 2021. Almost all wood raw material is sourced from Northern Sweden.

Responsible forestry

Responsible and active forestry aims to achieve long-term growth in the forest while preserving biodiversity. This creates the conditions for both profitability in the future and for continuing high levels of environmental benefits. The forest’s growth potential can be optimally utilized through active and scientifically based forest management practices.

21 per cent of SCA's productive forest land is excluded from harvesting to preserve biodiversity. SCA's responsible forest management are based on the long-term and sustainable use of the forest as a resource, which ensures it is at least as rich in biodiversity, nature experiences and economic values in the future as it is today.

Read more about our environmental work in the forest

Sweden has never had as much forest as today


We replace every tree that is harvested with at least two new ones


Growing forests bind carbon dioxide


SCA’s climate benefits is equivalent to 10.5 million tonnes of CO2, which corresponds to the emissions from all passenger cars in Sweden


SCA's forests cover an area almost the size of Belgium