A forest certificate is proof of sustainable and responsible forest use. All Metsähallitus' forests are certified in compliance with the international PEFC system. We also have an ISO 14001 certified environmental management system.
The Forest management and use certificate issued to Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd contains a number of concrete requirements whose fulfilment is assessed annually by a third-party auditor. Special attention is given to protecting terrestrial and aquatic habitats important for forest biodiversity, maintaining forest productivity, and reconciling traditional livelihoods and forestry. The certificate proves that timber is procured from sustainably managed forests.
In addition to good forest management, Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd’s PEFC certification contains a system for monitoring the origin of timber (Chain of Custody). This means that the origin of timber can be traced from the forest all the way to the end product. The system can also be used to monitor the proportion of certified timber delivered to a customer.
The country of origin of the timber delivered by Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd is Finland, and it is harvested in areas administrated by Metsähallitus. Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd undertakes to comply with the requirements relating to employee health, safety and rights specified in the standard. The chain of custody is also audited annually by the body issuing the certificate and customers as well as in internal audits. The deliveries of roundwood consist of pine, spruce, birch, aspen, Siberian larch and lodgepole pine. In addition to these species, energy wood deliveries may also contain alder, willow and rowan.