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Our action plan for a sustainable timber industry

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 www.timflow.com.... 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

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 training with external experts. Regular anti-corruption courses serve to raise awareness among our employees, especially those working in purchasing.... less

FSC® bonus for suppliers

Holzindustrie Schweighofer supports the introduction of the FSC standard in Romania by paying a bonus of RON 10/m³ (€2) for FSC-certified saw logs.more ...

To ensure a sustainable supply chain in Romania that meets the high FSC® standards, Holzindustrie Schweighofer pays its suppliers a bonus for FSC®-certified logs. Total FSC® bouses paid out by Holzinsutrie Schweighofer since 2010 were RON 5.65 million (€1.25 million).... less

Comprehensive audit by the renowned Indufor group

In January 2016, Holzindustrie Schweighofer subjected its purchasing processes to an in-depth analysis. The independent Finish consulting firm Indufor examined all processes as well as the supply chain and the mills in Romania.more ...

Their conclusion: 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.... less

Electronic verification of delivery quantities

We have been using an electronic 3D measuring system since March 2016 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

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

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

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

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

michael.proschek-hauptmann[at]schweighofer.at