Sustainable fibre

Commitment by global business to deforestation-free supply chains is critical for the conservation and sustainable use of forests and to achieve the UN SDG target of zero net deforestation and degradation by 2020. We procure wood and fibre only from responsibly managed sources and are committed to zero deforestation and no illegal logging.

 

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  • Forests are core to the cultures and livelihoods of communities worldwide: some 300 million people live in them and more than one billion directly depend on them1
  • Deforestation2 and illegal logging contribute to biodiversity loss and climate change, impacting ecosystem services and local livelihoods
  • Increasingly aware consumers and our customers are demanding responsible products and driving transparency across the wood supply chain
  • Demand for wood will continue to grow due to population growth, changes in consumer habits, development of biotechnology and the increasing role of wood in providing sustainable solutions for society

1) https://wwf.panda.org/our_work/forests/importance_forests/
2) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): The conversion of forest to other land use independently whether human induced or not http://www.fao.org/3/I8661EN/i8661en.pdf

 

  • Based on revenue, our packaging and paper business is around 80% fibre-based
  • We have a clear business imperative to contribute to a sustainable, fair and transparent wood supply chain, including being able to provide robust evidence of compliance with legislation as well as meeting social and environmental requirements
  • Wood is one of our primary raw materials and sustainable sources of wood and fibre are essential to our business

 

Our commitments

  • Procure at least 70% of our wood from FSCTM- or PEFC-certified sources1 with the balance meeting our company minimum wood standard that complies with FSC’s requirements for Controlled Wood
  • Maintain FSC certification for 100% of our owned and leased forest lands and promote sustainable forest management

Our performance

  • 100% of owned and leased forests certified
  • 71% of wood certified
  • All Chain-of-Custody certifications with CW requirements were maintained

1) The Forest Stewardship CouncilTM (https://www.fsc.org/) and The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (https://www.pefc.org/)

 

In focus Managing emerging risks in Russia

Mondi’s DDMS process classifies Russia as a high-risk country. We have our own forestry operations in Russia where we source wood domestically and we are very familiar with the national legislation, environment and society. In accordance with our DDMS, in Russia we therefore require FSC™-certified wood, but given our comprehensive local knowledge base we also accept CW addressing the risks specified in the National Risk Assessment. In 2016-2017 Greenpeace1,2 criticised FSC™ by stating that its standards do not necessarily ensure the protection of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs). In response, we defined the following actions to resolve the issue, instead of questioning the overall credibility of FSC in Russia:

- Mondi, together with WWF Russia and Silver Taiga, agreed and published a landscape-level map of the IFLs in the Komi Republic and adjacent areas. The map defined areas for strict protection and defined systems and procedures for those areas allocated for logging.3,4

- Within Mondi’s Global Partnership, we support WWF’s efforts to ensure the protection of IFLs in other regions of Russia, particularly a process to agree the Dvinsko-Pinezhsky IFL in the Arkhangelsk Region. Within the Partnership, WWF is also developing guidelines for forest management practices within the buffer zones that surround the IFLs.

- Mondi actively uses and promotes WWF’s online Geographic Information System (GIS) ‘HCVF.RU’ as an effective tool for forest planning and monitoring, which assists us to monitor, manage and/or control boundaries, conservation systems and to detect any changes in the IFLs and other High Conservation Value (HCV) areas.

- In order to ensure long-term security of IFLs beyond voluntary agreements, Mondi, together with WWF Russia and Silver Taiga, launched the Boreal Forest Platform. The BFP aims to catalyse changes in the legal framework to enable sustainable intensification of management of secondary forests to reduce reliance on primary forests, and to ensure official conservation status for IFLs.

- Mondi actively participated in the FSC General Assembly and FSC’s IFL Solutions Forum, where practical experience with other regions (Canada, Congo and Amazon) was shared. The Boreal Forest Platform field tour saw alignment strengthened with Canada on approaches to sustainable management of vast boreal forest landscapes.

 

1) https://www.greenpeace.org/international/story/7533/too-long-to-wait-russias-dvinsky-forest-could-be-lostin-a-decade/
2) https://www.greenpeace.org/international/publication/7355/eye-on-the-taiga/
3) http://wwf.panda.org/?326513/Precedent-settingmoratorium-helping-protect-over-a-million-hectares-ofintact-boreal-forest
4) https://wwf.ru/en/resources/news/lesa/wwf-i-mondi-sokhranyayut-samye-tsennye-lesa-/

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  • Target 12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  • Target 15.2 By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally
  • Target 17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships