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Ensuring sustainable forestry and wood procurement

Environmental organisations have recently expressed concern over forestry practices and governance in Sweden, and Stora Enso’s wood procurement areas in Northwestern Sweden, particularly forests around Lake Messlingen.

Stora Enso currently has no ongoing harvesting operations in the area around Lake Messlingen. Based on our stakeholders’ concerns, we will make a new assessment of practices in this area, and we will not perform any forestry operations here until the assessment is completed.

Stora Enso is committed to forest certification, wood traceability, and open stakeholder dialogues and we always make sure that all the wood we use comes from sustainably managed sources. Our Wood and Fibre Sourcing, and Land Management Policy ensures that Stora Enso does not purchase wood from protected areas, forests designated for conservation, or forests where High Conservation Values are threatened by logging. Furthermore, we do not buy wood or fibre from Intact Forest Landscape areas that have been designated for conservation through local stakeholder dialogue processes. We have various mechanisms in place to guarantee that our suppliers comply with our policy, such as third-party-certified traceability systems.

Before a decision is made to harvest wood in any area, we always carry out a conservation value assessment. In Sweden, if there is any uncertainty about an area’s conservation value, the Swedish Forest Agency is consulted before a harvesting notification is submitted.

Stora Enso complies with all relevant legislation concerning forest management practices. Additionally, our commitment to recognised forest certification schemes stems from a firm belief that they are important tools for verifying sustainable forest management. They are reliable, third-party-verified systems with built-in grievance mechanisms, covering all aspects of sustainability – environmental, social, and economic.

We believe that the most sustainable way to protect High Conservation Values, including Intact Forest Landscapes, is through the national and regional multi-stakeholder processes that have developed these concepts. We feel it is crucial for all stakeholders to participate in these dialogues.

At Stora Enso we believe that safeguarding forest biodiversity is a cornerstone of a successful bioeconomy. We are open to discuss these issues further with NGOs, customers and any interested stakeholders. 
 

For more information contact: 
 
Ulrika Lilja, EVP, Communications
ulrika.lilja (a) storaenso.com
tel. +46 72 221 9228