We are very active in cooperating with suppliers to ensure all the wood we use has a sustainable origin. For that purpose, we have implemented policies for monitoring the origin of wood fibres and for ensuring the protection of natural resources.
All wood sourcing is based on the principles of environmentally-compliant forest management schemes. Since 2007, we have been committed to a programme of Chain of Custody certification, giving initial priority to our operations that handle wood.
Our Sustainable Forestry statement and our Sustainable Sourcing policy describe our codes of conduct with regard to all supplies of wood products, irrespective of whether these supplies originate from our own forests or are purchased from third party suppliers.
We recognise and utilise the three major International forest certification schemes: the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC ®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI)
Smurfit Kappa and Forestry
We own and manage over 105,000 hectares of forests in Colombia and Venezuela. These plantations provide the mills in both countries with virtually all of their virgin fibre requirements.
Our largest wood source, with 69,000 hectares of forest plantations, includes 6,400 hectares in partnership with private landowners. Since 2003, the management system has been certified in accordance with FSC ® and controls its forest estate based on sustainable development principles.
In Venezuela, we own 35,000 hectares.
The forest plantations in Venezuela have not yet been certified but are well advanced in terms of best practice. We plan to start FSC ® certification activities of our forest holdings in 2013.
The main species harvested in both countries are varieties of Eucalyptus, of which the types most commonly planted in our forests are Grandis and Urograndis; and pine.