Our business should be in a sustainable balance with our nature. An overall core focus for BillerudKorsnäs is to continously improve the harmony between the environment and our papermills.
Guideline for Wood Procurement
Our production is based on renewable raw materials from responsible forestry. After clear-felling, replanting is carried out, safeguarding the eco-cycle. Packaging made from BillerudKorsnäs’ materials can be recycled into new products and the spent fibre is used as biofuel. Demand for environmentally and climate smart products is growing, driving a future bio-based economy in which forestry products are expected to play a key role. Sustainable forestry is therefore of strategic importance for BillerudKorsnäs.
BillerudKorsnäs has no significant forest assets and instead buys in and fells wood through its forestry department, BillerudKorsnäs Skog, which also carries out forestry and provides advice and services to private forest owners.
The Swedish Forestry Act states that forest production, nature conservation, cultural heritage preservation and reindeer husbandry must be taken into consideration. This partly involves replanting forests after felling and taking biodiversity into account. Forestry is also regulated under the Swedish Environmental Code. BillerudKorsnäs endeavor sustainable forest management through targets, policies and guidelines backed by legislation and the management system ISO 14001 and by being certified under the forestry certification systems FSC® and PEFC™. The wood purchasing policy states that all wood purchasing must fulfil the criteria that no wood comes from harvesting which is illegal, has high conser- vation values or involves serious social conflicts. BillerudKorsnäs checks this through FSC® Controlled Wood certification.
The company actively participates in the development of FSC® certification, partly through involvement in the revision of the FSC®’s chain of custody standard which is to be completed in 2013.