Background

Clarification of Holzindustrie Schweighofer regarding a recent TV report in Romania and following media reports accusing our company of accepting wood from illegal sources:

  • Holzindustrie Schweighofer is and has always been strictly committed to responsible wood processing. The company strongly rejects all accusations that it is supporting or a benefiter of illegal wood trading. The contrary is true. Illegal wood trading is damaging the forest and the established wood industry.

  • Holzindustrie Schweighofer, in its very own interest, therefore supports and lives sustainability, has a well-established and extensive origin control system, is quality certified by renown independent institutions (PEFC, FSC), and processes only registered wood with documents of origin that fulfil all legal requirements of Romania and the European Union.

  • Statements of a company employee presented in a recent video material published by EIA have been massively shortened according to the involved employees, presented in a false context and is therefore misleading and providing wrongful information.

  • Nevertheless, we already started a re-check of all internal processes and suppliers, to – once again – prove and ensure that the highest environmental standards are met company-wide, now and in the future. The results will be transparently published and are subject to discussion with environmental organisations and public authorities.

Recently, some media in Romania have taken over unproven accusations of NGOs, accusing our company of inappropriate activities in the field of wood harvesting and purchasing and also questioned the company’s relations to public authorities in Romania.

Holzindustrie Schweighofer has been at the forefront of responsible wood processing for decades and is certified by independent, worldwide renown and accepted institutions, such as the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

We are therefore truly shocked about the recent unqualified attacks and wrongful reports about our company. Therefore, we would like to inform about the following facts and state clearly:

  • Any wood delivery to Holzindustrie Schweighofer has to be sourced from legal harvesting only. All our suppliers are contractually committed to that in their purchase contracts and – additionally – the fulfilment is controlled with legally binding documents at each delivery at the gates of our company. All suppliers must strictly obey these obligations in any case – otherwise they are liable to legal prosecution and can be sued for damages.

  • We strictly refuse to buy and process any wood from national parks (even though it is legal according to the forest law).

  • Holzindustrie Schweighofer fulfils all legal obligations, contractually commits suppliers to fulfil their legal obligations and has established internal control processes in addition. We co-operate with the authorities responsible for controlling and fighting against illegal wood harvesting and trading – and we are in favour of implementing even more efficient controls directly at harvesting sites and transport routes.

  • We have permanent and regular controls by the responsible authorities in all our mills. We are always transparently providing the necessary documents required by Romanian law and EU regulations for proving the legal provenience of the wooden materials we purchase. Despite other reports, Holzindustrie Schweighofer subsequently is not involved in legal cases about illegal wood purchase.

  • To prevent further wrongful accusations and prove publicly our high quality standards, Holzindustrie Schweighofer started a re-check of all internal processes and suppliers. The results of these re-checks will be published very soon and will be also provided to the responsible authorities and certification bodies.

  • We invite NGOs interested in and fighting for sustainable wood processing to directly contact us for further information. We are looking forward to a level-field dialogue and we are open to co-operations in the field of sustainability, which is clearly an area of common interests of NGOs, our company and the general public.

Gerald Schweighofer
Owner of Holzindustrie Schweighofer

29th April 2015

Contact information:
Holzindustrie Schweighofer, Head office Vienna
theresa.willmann@schweighofer.at
+43 1 585 686 2-0
+43 664 544 5262