Over 80% of the wood we use is PEFC™ certified. To meet PEFC certification requirements forest management must satisfy certain standards with regard to biodiversity, forest health and maintenance as well as recreational use.
The use of certified wood shows our customers and interest groups that Isku, and the entire supply chain, are committed to sustainable forestry and legal use of wood materials. Through the PEFC certificate, we communicate to our customers and interest groups that we are responsible. Audited by an independent party, each link of the supply chain must separately demonstrate that the journey of the timber has been closely monitored. For us at Isku, this means that we have ensured the origin of each and every wooden armrest or table top ply, for example.
Of all timber delivered to Isku, over 80% is PEFC-certified. The rest is FSC-certified, or the origin has been ensured in some other way. In the future, we will strive to increase the share of PEFC-certified timber in our procurement. The certificate covers wood raw materials and components purchased for the production of furniture for homes and public spaces.
PEFC-certified products can be identified by the PEFC label on the product, price tag, product package or product-related documents. The label can be added to products that feature over 70% PEFC-certified wood. Granting of the certificate requires an audit by an independent party and confirmation that the tracking of the wood origin adheres to the requirements of the PEFC standard. What “independent” refers to here is that the inspection body is not related to parties in the supply chain, the certification system or its supporters. The realisation of the certification requirements is supervised by a certification company that the authorities have found independent and competent. Isku’s wood tracking system was audited by Bureau Veritas Finland.
Sustainable Forest Management
Sustainable forest management is productive and socially sustainable forestry. This means that natural values and timber production are balanced, ensuring that the diversity of forest nature and the cultural and recreational values of forests are preserved. A “well-maintained forest” is managed in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. What this means is that the forest management is ecologically and economically sustainable and does not harm the living opportunities of coming generations.
In terms of forest management, ecological sustainability means that the preservation of habitats and nature types characteristic of forest areas, and the living conditions of species indigenous to these environments, are ensured. Social sustainability means ensuring the working conditions and capabilities of those who work in forests, the cultural values of forests, recreation and travel in forests, short-term camping, and the gathering of berries and mushrooms. Economic sustainability means that the operations must be profitable to all parties involved in the supply chain.