Wood procurement: Code of Conduct
Use of renewable raw materials is increasingly becoming the focus of public interest because of the destruction of forest areas, the effects on the climate and the illegal logging.
Very early Laakirchen Papier AG began to be actively aware of its responsibility towards the environment and gained certification according to the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) and PEFCTM (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) regarding a responsible use of wood as a renewable raw material.
The aim of both programmes is environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable forest management. Since the provenance of timber and pulp is not yet certified throughout Europe and illegal tree felling has become a worldwide issue, in 2006 the umbrella organisation CEPI, (the Confederation of European Paper Industries), stated in a voluntary agreement that it would not use illegally felled timber.
The following categories of wood are avoided in purchasing and processing:
- Illegally harvested wood
- Wood from regions which violate traditional and basic civil rights
- Wood from forests whose preservation is threatened by forest cultivation
- Wood derived from the conversion of natural forests into plantations or non-forest uses
- Wood from forests containing genetically modified types of trees
The national associations of the paper and pulp industry have adopted these principles in order to implement them in individual paper and pulp factories. Laakirchen Papier AG obtains its wood almost exclusively from Austria, Bavaria and the Czech Republic and fulfills the FSC® Controlled Wood Standard.