100% traceable wood from sustainably managed and certified northern forests

Metsä Wood’s main raw material, wood, comes from sustainably managed northern forests where growth exceeds use. Most of the wood we use comes from forests owned by Metsä Group’s 103,000 owner-members, because we want to ensure that forest growth is sustainable. Metsä Group focuses on sustainable forest management by working closely with forest owners, increasing the proportion of mixed forests and safeguarding the biodiversity of forests through various means. In 2020, Metsä Group delivered approximately 33 million seedlings to Finnish forest owners – four seedlings are planted per each harvested tree in regeneration fellings.  

Each part of the tree is always used efficiently for the most valuable product. The wise use of resources steers the operations of whole Metsä Group. The stoutest part of the tree is used to produce engineered wood products, including Kerto® LVL and plywood.

Traceability and forest certification

Metsä Wood always knows the origin of the wood it uses. Metsä Group’s wood tracing systems are certified and verified according to PEFC™ and FSC® Chain of Custody requirements. Metsä Group ensures sustainable forest management through the PEFC™ and FSC® forest certification processes. Likewise, the responsibility of our wood suppliers is always assured through the PEFC™ or FSC® Chain of Custody systems. 

Metsä Wood fulfils the obligations of European Union Regulation No. 995/2010 (EU Timber Regulation), the UK Timber Regulation, the US Lacey Act and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act, which all prohibit the placing and trading of illegally harvested timber and timber products on the market. As all the wood is covered by Chain of Custody certification, Metsä Wood knows the origin of all the wood it uses. The PEFC™ logo on the product ensures that 100% of the wood raw material is legally harvested, and at least 70% is sourced from certified forests. 

Values guide Metsä Group's operations 

Biodiversity is guaranteed in sustainably managed forests

Consideration for nature values and biodiversity is an integral part of sustainable forest management measures and wood supply. Biodiversity can be considered in various ways, such as leaving retention trees in regeneration felling, and a mixture of broadleaved trees in thinning. It is also important to support mixed forests wherever the fertility of the site allows for it, protect key habitats, and make buffer zones to protect the cleanliness of watercourses and provide connectivity. 

Finnish forests play an important role in preserving biodiversity, as they are home to many different habitats with more than 20,000 different species. Increasing the amount of decaying wood in forests is one of the actions that supports Metsä Group’s sustainability objective of safeguarding biodiversity. The amount of decaying wood in a forest is actively increased by both the retention of decaying trees already there and the creation of new ones. Since 2020, forest owners hav'e been encouraged to leave four high biodiversity stumps per hectare in all fellings. Since late 2016, all types of felling operations carried out by Metsä Group have included the creation of high biodiversity stumps. A high biodiversity stump starts decaying after a few years, benefiting fungi, insects and several forest-dwelling birds. 

Our target is to use only fossil-free raw materials in products

Values guide Metsä Group's operations 

Effective use of fossil-free raw materials

Metsä Wood is enthusiastically working to reduce dependence on fossil-based materials. Currently, the raw materials in Metsä Wood products are 97% fossil-free. Our target is to achieve 100% fossil-free raw materials by 2030. To reach this target, we are seeking renewable fossil-free options to replace the final 3% of fossil-based materials in our production.

Metsä Wood R&D is making efforts with selected partners to find sustainable and fossil-free options for adhesives used in production and for plastic packaging. Fossil-free adhesives must comply with our high standards, and the final product must meet Metsä Wood’s strict requirements to ensure end-use safety. 

We are also working to replace plastic materials used in packaging. For wooden products, the moisture protection is an important factor during transport and storage. Currently, fossil-based plastic is still the most efficient material for this. However, we are researching with our partners ways to reduce the share of plastic used in packaging, and eventually to replace it completely with bio-based wrapping. Meanwhile, we are investigating the possibilities for recycling plastic waste efficiently to support the circular economy. 

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Responsible value chain

The goal of Metsä Wood is that all its suppliers will operate according to the environmental, social and economic responsibility requirements jointly set at Metsä Group by 2030. We carefully select our partners and suppliers, and the prerequisite to be our partner is to observe our Code of Conduct. We also ensure sustainability by assessing and auditing. 

We have the wood supply in our own hands

Wood is the main raw material for all our products. Our parent company Metsä Group is responsible for wood supply for Metsä Wood: it has thorough PEFC™ and FSC® forest certification processes; the wood is 100% traceable; and it cooperates closely with wood suppliers and harvesting contractors. In addition, its main purpose is to promote sustainable forestry thorough training and close cooperation with stakeholders. 

Values guide Metsä Group's operations 

Centrally managed procurement

Products that meet customers’ needs are made by employees who are highly competent and willing to learn and reinvent themselves. Our employees are guided by Metsä Group’s values: responsible profitability, reliability, cooperation and renewal. We operate in line with our values and let the results speak for themselves.

Responsible profitability means that we improve our profitability while also considering the environment and listening to our stakeholders. All of our other values lay the foundation for responsible profitability.

Supplier Code of Conduct

At Metsä, we cooperate with the selected suppliers that meet our high requirements in terms of reliable operations, ethical and environmental principles, quality and cost-effectiveness. Our suppliers must comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC) which minimises the risks related to corruption, child labour and other human rights violations. The Supplier Code of Conduct was updated during 2020, and it will be introduced in all new purchase agreements from the beginning of 2021. The supplier assessment and audit process was also updated in 2020 and will be deployed in 2021. Each of our new subcontractors, suppliers and service providers must sign our Supplier Code of Conduct. 

Of Metsä Wood’s purchases in 2020, 86% were made by suppliers committed to the Supplier Code of Conduct, and 30% were made by suppliers whose sustainability has been evaluated through the supplier’s self-assessment. In addition, we measure our responsible suppliers by Compliance check – in 2020, it was 71% for Metsä Wood. Sustainability criteria are also part of our regular supplier audits.