Forests play an important role in the world's ecological balance. Forests can counteract or moderate climate change because of their ability to absorb and store CO₂. Trees absorb CO₂ in the atmosphere, converting this into biomass and releasing oxygen at the same time. Forests thus serve as ‘sinks’ (storehouses of CO₂) within the carbon cycle. The faster the tree grows, the more carbon it absorbs. This means that growing forests contribute to reducing the level of CO2 in the atmosphere. Sustainably managed forests maintain a high level of tree growth and optimum levels of CO2 uptake.
Therefore responsible forest practices are vital for our business and we have made this as the top priority ever since. In 2017, Mondi Group sustainably managed around 2.4 million hectares of forests and planted over 32.5 million seedlings.
As a fully integrated paper supplier a huge share of the wood used for the pulp necessary for paper production comes from our own forests. 100% of all wood is procured by Mondi Group from credible sources; no wood is procured from controversial sources. In 2017, 71% of Mondi’s wood supply was certified to FSC™ or PEFC™ standards or met our company minimum wood standard that complies with FSC´s requirements for Controlled Wood. For more information on Mondi's environmental performance please see our annual Sustainability Report.
FSC™ stands for “Forest Stewardship Council™”, and it is a leading international certification system for forest management and chain-of-custody. The Council’s seal is awarded to wood products from all over the world that are the result of guaranteed exemplary forest management practices and thereby supports the long-term preservation of forest and their biological diversity. Our forests in South Africa were awarded full FSC certification in the 1990s, and for the FSC certification of our leased forest in Russia we received the WWF’s prestigious Panda Award in 2006 for the second time. The award is granted on the basis of international principles and criteria that take into account ecological and economic requirements as well as social factors.
PEFC™: The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.