All wood used by Holmen can be traced back to its origin.

Guidelines for purchasing wood

Holmen has applied clear guidelines for purchases of wood since 1998. These contain environmental requirements and define types of forest from which the Group does not buy wood. if the guidelines are not followed, for example if information supplied on origin is incorrect, Holmen has the right to terminate the deal without compensation.

Statutory requirements

In Sweden all clearcutting of more than half a hectare in area must be reported to the Swedish Forest Agency. This notification must also specify how regeneration will take place. The Swedish Forest Agency conducts spot checks to verify how the work is performed.

Like the Swedish authority, in Estonia the Estonian forest management authority verifies that harvesting and regeneration are carried out correctly.

FSC® Controlled Wood

Holmen Skog's traceability certification (FSC-ID) (FSC® Chain of Custody) and checks on the origin of the wood (FSC® Controlled Wood) are proof that Holmen has and applies procedures to ensure that no wood derives from controversial sources, i.e. it has not been harvested illegally or in contravention of the rights of indigenous people, does not come from forests with high conservation value, has not been genetically modified and does not come from natural forests that have been converted into plantations.

Traceability (Chain of Custody)

Iggesund Mill, Iggesund Sawmill, Braviken Sawmill, Hallsta Paper Mill and Braviken Paper Mill have their own chain-of-custody certificates under both PEFCTM and FSC®. Workington Mill holds chain-of-custody certification under FSC®. Braviken Paper Mill holds a certificate for FSC® Mixed for the production of printing paper based on both virgin fibre and recovered paper.

Holmen's wholly owned subsidiary Holmen Mets holds chain-of-custody certification under the FSC® Controlled Wood standard. The authorities today have a good knowledge of who owns the forests and continuously verify compliance with laws and regulations. Holmen Mets carries out spot checks on the wood bought.

Proportion of forest management certified wood reaching Holmen’s mills in 2016 

All Holmen Skogs wood is certified with both traceability and checks on the origin of wood. The chart below shows how much of forest managment certified wood reaches Holmen's mills.

Iggesund Mill

Workington Mill

Hallsta Paper Mill

Braviken Paper Mill

Iggesund Sawmill

Braviken Sawmill

24 %

100 %

43 %

25 %

39 %

75 %

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