Metsä Group paper manufacturer has been awarded an FSC group certificate that covers the forests in Finland owned by the Group companies. At present, the FSC group certificate granted to Metsä Group covers around 35,000 hectares.
The forests have already been certified according to PEFC. “The FSC standard is applicable to Finnish commercial forests, and we did not find any major differences between the FSC and the PEFC certification requirements,” says Jussi Ripatti, Environmental Manager of Metsä Group.
Participation in the forest certification scheme is voluntary for forest owners. PEFC and FSC are the world’s best known forest certification schemes. Metsä Group considers the schemes to be equally sound as a guarantee of the sustainable origin of wood.
Less than 10 per cent of all the forests in the world have been certified, while 80 per cent of the wood Metsä Group uses is certified. “It is important for our customers that the wood they use comes from a sustainably managed forest. We want to be involved in the development of sustainable forestry standards and offer our customers as wide a selection of certified products as possible,” says Riikka Joukio, Metsä Group’s Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs.
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