Raising the bar for the forest products value chain

30 June 2015
WBCSD 2015

For the first time, our Forest Solutions Group (FSG) released the results of its assessment against the group’s key performance indicators (KPIs). Based on the FSG membership principles, members measured performance across five environmental and societal priority areas in 2014. These covered landscape management and forest certification, waste management, water stewardship, energy use and social impact.

“It´s not just our commitment to sustainable development, but actual performance. We show that sustainability covers the whole value chain and transform forest challenges into value added solutions,” says Jussi Pesonen, CEO of UPM and FSG co-chair. “Our first group exercise delivered strong results. For example, 93% of the forests we manage are already certified for sustainable forest management and 63% of our energy consumption comes from renewable energy sources such as biomass.”

“This shows how far we have already come, but it is surely not the finish line. Year by year, we will work to improve our performance. We need to better understand our impacts and engage all stakeholders,” says Francisco Ruiz-Tagle, CEO of CMPC Forestry and FSG Co-Chair. “Deforestation, climate change, energy demand and water scarcity are all global challenges relevant to our industry. Our collective efforts are critical for safeguarding the vitality of forest resources today and for future generations.”

“FSG member companies have been reporting sustainability impacts for many years, demonstrating the actions each company is taking to improve its performance. Reporting together as a group, was a natural, though challenging, next step,” says Cristiano Oliveira, Sustainability Consultant at Fibria and leader of the project. “Our goal is to set a new benchmark for the forest products value chain. We needed to identify what we can measure together that is equally relevant in the various geographies and contexts in which our members operate.”

To demonstrate our progress, we are committed to reporting on the KPIs annually as well as improving our membership principles upon which they depend. Going forward, additional metrics will be identified to deliver on joint priorities while we continue to engage with our stakeholders to share learnings and improve processes.

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