Certification of sustainable forestry
We only purchase coniferous wood from strictly controlled sources. In order to guarantee this, we undergo regular voluntary checks by international institutions.
The Schweighofer Group is certified by the international PEFC™ certification system. We adhere to the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) and thus hold the PEFC™ (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) “Chain of Custody Certificate”. This certification from the internationally recognised organisation PEFC™ demonstrates that wood processed or purchased by the company is controlled wood from undisputed sources. In order to prove and guarantee this thoroughly, the wood-processing operations are examined rigorously. For certification to be successful, all stages of the value chain must follow strict rules from the forest to the sawmill and all the way to the end product.
A FSC® CoC (Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody) certificate is a product certification and aims at ensuring the traceability of the entire value chain (Chain of Custody) from forest to the product. The certificate is valid for five years, after initial certification, is also audited annually by the accredited certification body.
At the end of 2016, FSC® placed Holzindustrie Schweighofer on probation based on reports about "irregularities" in our supply chain. Holzindustrie Schweighofer acknowledged some short-comings, especially that the company was relying too much on documentation control and that it had neglected to communicate with its stakeholders.
Only a few months later, in February 2017, FSC® then dissociated itsself from Holzindustrie Schweighofer. The trigger for this was a complaint regarding possible violations of log measurement standards. FSC® published the results of the ensuing in-depth investigation by independent experts on 20 December 2017: The panel did not find any indications of violations of FSC Policy for Association nor evidence of violations by Schweighofer of Romanian legislation and/or regulations in relation to timber measurement and classification.
The disassociation is motivating us to work even harder on optimising our supply chain security measures and on implementing our action plan for a sustainable timber industry in Romania that goes beyond all legal requirements. FSC® has acknowledged the action plan as a basis for developing a roadmap towards ending disassociation. We are of course in constant contact with the experts from FSC® as well as with environmental NGOs to clarify all outstanding points and to further improve our compliance processes.
Strict controls at the mill gates
When a truck reaches one of our plants, the driver must submit valid and complete documents. The consignment note (Aviz) is the decisive document. Among other things, it shows a “unique code” that is only valid for a limited amount of time, the specific load specification, the supplier name and the APV number. This document enables us to check if the wood originates from national parks. If this is the case, we immediately refuse to accept the load. We measure every load electronically in the sawmill to ensure that nothing more than what has been indicated in the Aviz has been delivered.
Hundreds of site inspections
Holzindustrie Schweighofer’s Due Diligence System does not solely rely on documents. It requires a on-site inspection for every new purchase order. Due to the large number of sellers and traders (we buy from many SMEs), this means hundreds of inspections per quarter. In the firsthalf of 2016 alone, 700 companies in Romania were visited (such site visits are conducted in all countries from which we purchase wood).
The renowned international forest consultancy firm Indufor examined our due diligence system in an independent and voluntary audit. Following a site visit, the Finnish experts were satisfied with the extensive and strict control mechanisms employed at Holzindustrie Schweighofer.
The control system guarantees that the wood supplied to Holzindustrie Schweighofer is always accompanied by all the documents required to prove its legal origin. The Finnish auditors confirmed this in their report. In addition, the legal requirements are exceeded by far: Holzindustrie Schweighofer checks every single supplier before signing the contract.
Setting new standards
With Timflow we are the first company in the world to have developed a GPS System, which makes the route of our wood perfectly transparent, from the forest all the way to the sawmill. In addition, we are participating in the long-term development of a RFID-based tracking systems for individual tree trunks.