Södra Renews PEFC Forestry and Chain of Custody Certification for Next Five Years

Södra has been granted renewed forestry and chain of custody certification under the PEFC for the next five years.

Nov. 20, 2014 - Södra announced that it has been granted renewed forestry and chain of custody certification under the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) for the next five years. An external audit has been performed and nearly 60 properties were inspected in 2014. The audit encompasses social, environmental and production-related issues.

PEFCTM certification provides assurance that forest management activities are conducted in accordance with the requirements stipulated in the PEFC's forestry standard and that the timber can be traced back to the original forest where it grew.

"We are proud of the work that all of our members and employees put in to maintain a high level of quality in forest management activities, in terms of both production and the environment. This certification represents acknowledgement of the progress we are making," said Håkan Larsson, President, Södra Skog.

As part of its commitment to comply with the requirements of the certification scheme, Södra's members have set aside an average of 8 percent of their forest land area for nature conservation purposes. Furthermore, in conjunction with harvesting operations in production forests, consideration is given to various nature conservation values, such as dead wood, old trees and valuable microhabitats.

To obtain certification, it is also necessary to meet social requirements in relation to, for example, employment terms and conditions, work environment and outdoor life.

Södra has also offered FSC® certification since 2009 and holds one of the world's largest group certificates.

Sodra, with headquarters in Vaxjo, Sweden, produces market pulp, wood products and biofuels. The company operates three pulp mills, all in Sweden, with a total capacity of 1.6 million tonnes/year. To learn more, please visit: www.sodra.com.