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Customers and consumers must feel confident that all components of an Essity product and all fiber are derived through responsible forest management. This is the basis of our target for fiber. For us, it is of the utmost importance to ensure that the wood raw material used in the company’s operations is not sourced from controversial sources.
Everyone who purchases products from Essity should feel secure about the origin of the raw material. This includes all wood fiber in the product, including the packaging. All fresh fiber must originate from responsibly managed forests – forests that are managed under good labor conditions and with respect for biodiversity.
All wood fiber must be certified according to FSC® or PEFC™ standards. Alternatively, the fiber is to meet the requirements of FSC Controlled Wood standards, which mean that the origin of the fiber has been controlled by an independent party, such as an auditor. This also applies to products, such as packaging and mother reels, that Essity purchases from other suppliers.
“Consumer demand is the ultimate governing factor and we want to be able to offer products that we know with absolute certainty were manufactured in a sustainable manner,” says Patrik Isaksson, Vice President, Environmental Affairs at Essity.
Essity’s links to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) are strong and we prioritize FSC certification. We play an active role in developing the FSC and finance and participate in the Value and Impact Analysis (VIA), a special evaluation of the FSC. Work began in earnest in 2016.
The aim of VIA is to identify how the FSC’s influence on forestry and people can be measured and how the value of the certification can be communicated in the best way. A number of stakeholders are taking part, including the forest industry, non-profit organizations and researchers.
The use of certified fiber has a positive impact on the environment and on people who are dependent on forests. VIA will support our ambition to convey our positive impact on forestry and people through the FSC. VIA will also develop a method that will be used to evaluate other certification systems from a sustainability perspective.
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