Environmental policy for SCA Skog AB
SCA Skog shall conduct long-term sustainable forestry management that combines high-quality and valuable timber production with preservation of the biodiversity in the woodland landscape.
Our employees shall have a high degree of competence and a deep commitment to environmental issues.
We shall produce and deliver our products and services using technologies and methods that limit negative environmental impacts. Our environmental efforts are focused on preventive measures and continuous operational improvements. We shall collaborate with our suppliers, contractors and customers to reduce our environmental impact.
Our forest management 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 and sustainably. When working on behalf of private forest owners, we shall take the same responsibility for environmental considerations as we do in our own forestry activities.
All timber acquisition is also certified according to the requirements of FSC® and PEFC™ regarding traceability and controlled wood standards and shall be conducted according to these criteria.
In the event of major changes, environmental aspects shall constitute an integral part of our decision-making processes.
Environmental requirements in laws and regulations shall represent a minimum level for our own environmental efforts.
We shall communicate openly, and engage in active and constructive dialog, with internal and external stakeholders.
Sundsvall, April 2015
Raw materials policy
SCA Skog is responsible for sourcing raw materials for SCA's timber-consuming industries in Sweden. This policy encompasses all procurements of timber for these industries.
SCA Skog actively refrains from trading in raw material that:
Has been harvested illegally.
- Forests where harvesting occurs in contravention of traditions of unwritten law and human rights.
- Forests with high conservation values whereby harvesting would threaten these values. This includes key habitats in Sweden, according to the Swedish Forest Agency's methodology and definition, apart from when harvesting is performed in order to preserve or promote the biodiversity of the habitat.
- Forests that are transformed into plantations or other types of land use, apart from when the scope of the land transformation affects only a very limited part of the property.
- Forests that contain or that, after harvesting, will be regenerated using genetically modified trees.
In our application of this standard, the term "forests" may, where applicable, be equated with the term "private forest owner".
Sundsvall, June 26, 2014