A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

Our business operations are directly linked to the forest. That is why we have a special reason to take care of our environment. The Koskisen’s products are produced from a renewable material, wood.

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A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT


 

Our business operations are directly linked to the forest. That is why we have a special reason to take care of our environment. The Koskisen’s products are produced from a renewable material, wood. Wood is an organic material that is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Our aim is to maintain the sustainability of our forests and their management.

Environmental thinking is at the core of our operations

The Koskisen’s products are produced from a renewable material, wood. Wood is an organic material that is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Our aim is to maintain the sustainability of our forests and their management. Our business relies directly on forests. Consequently, taking care of nature and the environment is especially important for us. We are proud to be able to work in the realm of Finland’s green gold. Environmental aspects feature prominently in our product development and our choice of suppliers.

The wood we use originates from sustainable sources

Wood procurement is handled by our Group’s parent company, Koskitukki Oy, who also provide wood for other factories in southern Finland. Most of our wood comes from Finnish private forests, mainly in southern and eastern Finland. A small portion of our birch logs are imported, mainly from Russia. Imported wood is required because the availability of Finnish birch does not always cover the plywood industry’s material needs. About 76% of our wood comes from certified forests. We have been managing the origin chain of our wood since the year 2000 according to the PEFC system, and in 2013, we were also awarded with the FSC® CoC* certificate. These certificates ensure that wood is not procured from so-called controversial sources and that conserved forest areas are reserved for future generations. All the raw materials we use are also inspected to ensure compliance with our own environmental policy. Raw materials are not purchased from illegal sources (more below).

Sustainable overall development

One of our main goals is to be foremost in international environmental standards and to obey the principles of sustainable forestry. We evaluate our operations, raw-materials and products continuously to ensure sustainability from forest to customer. Koskisen has been the forerunner in the Finnish forest industry when it comes to taking care of environmental matters and Koskisen has also been recognised for its actions. In 1997 Koskisen was the first Finnish mechanical wood industry company to be granted an ISO 14001-Certificate in recognition of our environmentally friendly operations. In 1995 we were granted an ISO 9001 Quality Certificate with a OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety certificate following in 2001. The wood procurement and forestry of Koskitukki is managed by our operational system, which is based on the ISO 9001 and 14001 standards and aims for continuous improvement. Koskitukki subcontractors have also committed to following the operational system requirements. We use modern equipment, which means they are more efficient than ever while producing fewer emissions. We will always take the valuable habitats stated in the Nature Conservation Act and Forest Act into account. In addition to wood trading, we can also handle reforestation. We deliver approx. 1 million Finnish seedlings, completely free of genetic modification. In addition to wood procurement, Koskitukki is in charge of the Group’s forest estates and also manage several tens of private forests.

Precise utilisation of raw material

Precise utilisation of raw material is a benefit to both our factories and the wood sellers. By optimising the cutting in the forest, we can ensure that trees are used as efficiently as possible by our factories – this also serves to ensure the precision in recovering logs from the forest owner’s point of view.

All the materials from the harvested tree are used. Logs are sawn or peeled for veneers, small logs are sold to fibreboard or paper mills. We also utilise the branches, roots and other residues as biofuel. 98% of our thermal biopower requirements are fulfilled by our own biofuels. We also make sure that the harvested areas are always re-planted in accordance with the regulations. Every year we ourselves plant over a million genetically correct seedlings to ensure that the forests remain where they are.

Taking the diversity of nature into account in forestry guidelines

Koskitukki, who are responsible for our Group’s wood procurement, follows the Finnish PEFC standard’s group certification criteria, one of whose main goals is to ensure the diversity of our forests. We also strive to follow the Forestry development centre Tapio’s Forestry recommendations. It is a guideline on financially, ecologically, socially and culturally sustainable forestry created by operators in the forest business. The best practices for forestry that aims to preserve the diversity of nature are, for example, preserving valuable habitats and the living areas of endangered species, and leaving retention and deadwood in the forest during cutting. We live off the forest – that is why it’s our responsibility to take care of them.

Controversial sources

  1. Illegal logging
  2. Logging that violate indigenous peoples’ rights or other human rights
  3. Forests where environmental values have been threatened or destroyed
  4. Natural forests that have been transformed into plantation forests
  5. Forests containing genetically modified trees

 

*FSC logo license: FSC® 116522

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