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Our action plan for a sustainable and secure wood supply chain

Our environmental expert Michael Proschek-Hauptmann together with representatives from various civil society organisations and other stakeholders, continuously evaluates our high environmental standards. The measures we have implemented by far surpass all the legal requirements in Romania. In 2017 alone, we have already invested about €1 million in this comprehensive security system.

GPS-tracking – transparency for the supply chain

Holzindustrie Schweighofer has implemented the GPS tracking system Timflow in Romania.more ...

This system by far surpasses all legal requirements. Every truck delivering Romanian saw logs to the company’s saw mills is equipped with a GPS device enabling us to monitor the transport route and verify the logs’ exact place of loading. The results are publicly accessible at less

No wood from national parks

Holzindustrie Schweighofer does not accept timber from national parks.more ...

Holzindustrie Schweighofer implemented a “Zero Timber from National Parks”-policy in Romania although the legislation does allow for logging in so-called national park buffer zones and in the case of sanitary cuttings.But we are aware of the controversies caused by processing such timber and have therefore clearly stated in our purchase contracts that we do not accept logs originating from within the boundaries of national parks.Each log truck arriving at our saw mills in Romania is checked for timber delivered from national parks. This is done via the GPS monitoring system Timflow, which registers the truck’s exact route, as well as via the legally required harvesting permit (APV document) which is compared with national park documents.... less

Open doors policy for NGOs

In line with its commitment towards transparent communication, Holzindustrie Schweighofer has implemented an open door policy for NGOs.more ...

After registering with the company's Compliance Department and signing a standard non-disclosure agreement regarding the technologies used, representatives of recognized NGOs can visit our mills unannounced. Our goal is to transparently demonstrate our efforts to ensure a secure supply chain.... less

Improved stakeholder consultation

During the past two years, Holzindustrie Schweighofer has improved and intensified its dialogue with all stakeholders.more ...

Holzindustrie Schweighofer is committed to an open and transparent dialogue with NGOs and civil society. We share the aim of securing sustainability in timber processing and take the criticism and suggestions of stakeholders seriously.... less

Strict controls in sensitive forest areas

Holzindustrie Schweighofer has developed a risk minimisation system based on geographical maps issued by the Romanian Association for Forest Certification which identify regions that are susceptible to unlawful logging.more ...

If Holzindustrie Schweighofer buys timber from these regions or from sites that are located in close vicinity to national parks or virgin forests, our employees act with the highest degree of sensitivity and give the matter their utmost attention by inspecting the most important documents necessary for legal timber harvesting (the authorized document proving the harvested amount (“APV”), the consignment note (Aviz) and the forest management plan.... less

Compliance and anti-corruption training

We have considerably increased our compliance teams who check all incoming log deliveries.more ...

Our employees regularly participate in compliance trainings with external experts. Regular anti-corruption courses serve to raise awareness among our employees, especially those working in purchasing.... less

Exclusion of suppliers

Exclusion of suppliers who do not comply with Holzindustrie Schweighofer’s purchasing policy.more ...

If suppliers don’t follow the company’s purchasing policy, they are excluded from the supply chain.... less

Comprehensive external audits by international experts organisations

Already in 2016 HS subjected its purchasing processes to an in depth analysis by the renowned finish Indufor Group. In December 2018 HS commissioned KPMG Canada to support the Company’s ongoing continuous improvement initiatives for fiber sourcing to its Romanian sawmills.more ...

Indofur concludes that Holzindustrie Schweighofer’s due diligence system by far surpasses the regulatory requirements and complies with the standards laid down by the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) for placing legal wood on the European Single Market. The KPMG report noted that significant enhancements had been made to fiber sourcing programs by the Company in the last two years. The KPMG action plan is in the stage of implementation and will be reassessed end of 2019.... less

Electronic verification of delivery quantities

We use an electronic 3D measuring system to ensure that the delivery quantity indicated in the consignment note corresponds to the actual delivery.more ...

A calibrated laser scanner measures the delivered round wood. Quantities in excess of the information in the consignment note are considered to be "without legal origin". They are separated and reported to the authorities. No other company in Romania does this.... less

Satellite monitoring

Protection of Romanian forests via satellite monitoring.more ...

This project, which is currently under development, aims at recognising, evaluating and locating changes in the forest by using modern satellite analysis tools.... less

If you would like more detailed information on our measures, please contact:

Michael Proschek-Hauptmann
Head of Compliance and Sustainability