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Encouraging Use of Forest Certification Systems

Basic Policy of Forest Certification Systems

The Sumitomo Forestry Group is committed to building reliable supply chains with its suppliers and procuring sustainable timber, and accordingly, uses and supports third-party certification— forest certification systems as indices that insure the timber are procured from sustainably managed forests.

Moreover, the Group believes that by obtaining certifications itself and providing certified timber to markets and consumers, it is able to contribute to promote the forest certification systems.

The status of certification at the Sumitomo Forestry Group has 219,000 hectors with the FM certification and 11 organizations with the CoC certification.

Status of Sumitomo Forestry Group Forest Certification/FM Certification*1
Certified Forests (Company) Certified Area
(ha)
Certification System Date Certified Certification Number Certification Issuing Body
Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
Company-owned forest
46,213 SGEC 2006/9/25 JAFTA-010 Japan Forest Technology Association
(JAFTA)
Open Bay Timber Ltd.(OBT)(Papua New Guinea) 11,770 FSC 2011/9/12 SW-FM/COC-005600 Rainforest Alliance
8,150 FSC 2012/10/11 RA-CW/FM-003093 Rainforest Alliance
OBT Total 19,920
PT. Wana Subur Lestari(WSL)(Indonesia) 40,750 PHPL*2 2013/6/25 LPPHPL-006-IDN PT Almasentra Konsulindo
PT. Mayangkara Tanaman Industri(MTI)(Indonesia) 74,870 PHPL*2 2013/9/24 015/EQC-PHPL/IX/2013 PT Equality Indonesia
Koperasi Serba Usaha Alas Mandiri KTI (KAM KTI)(Indonesia) 1,005 FSC 2008/12/22 SA-FM/COC-002083 Woodmark
Koperasi Bromo Mandiri KTI(KBM KTI)(Indonesia) 207 FSC 2017/1/4 SA-FM/COC-005493 Woodmark
Tasman Pine Forests Ltd.(TPF)(New Zealand) 36,200 FSC 2016/9/7 SGS-FM/COC-010806 SGS South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • *1 Forest Management (FM) certification authenticates sustainable forest management by having a third-party inspect based on objective indicators with focus on: (i) compliance with laws and system frameworks, (ii) forest ecosystem and biodiversity maintenance and conservation, (iii) respect for rights of indigenous people and local communities, and (iv) maintenance and enhancement of forest productivity.
  • *2 Pengelolaan Hvtan Produksi Lestari (PHPL) is an Indonesian certification of sustainable production forest maintenance.
Status of Sumitomo Forestry Group Forest Certification/ CoC Certification*1
Organization Certification System Date Certified Certification Number Certification Issuing Body
Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
International Marketing Department, and Branches, Timber and Building Materials Division
FSC 2006/3/28 CU-COC-823910/CU-CW-823910 Control Union Certifications
PEFC 2008/9/22 CEF1201 Japan Gas Appliances Inspection Association
(JIA)
Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
Timber and Building Materials Department and Hokkaido Branch, Timber and Building Materials Division
MOCCA (Timber Solutions) Department, Housing Division
SGEC 2017/1/24 JIA-W045 Japan Forest Technology Association (JAFTA)
Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
Hokkaido Branch, Timber and Building Materials Division
Building Materials Procurement and Logistics Department, Housing Division
SGEC 2007/10/1 JAFTA-W038*2 Japan Forest Technology Association (JAFTA)
Sumitomo Forestry Wood Products Co., Ltd. SGEC 2006/9/25 JAFTA-W017 Japan Forest Technology Association (JAFTA)
Sumitomo Forestry Crest Co., Ltd. FSC 2009/9/13 SGSHK-COC-006693 SGS
SGEC 2007/12/26 JAFTA-W041 Japan Forest Technology Association(JAFTA)
Alpine MDF Industries Pty Ltd.*3(Australia) FSC 2004/9/1 RA-COC-001320 / RA-CW-001320 Rainforest Alliance
PEFC 2011/2/1 001 Engineered Wood Products Association
Nelson Pine Industries Ltd.(NPIL)(New Zealand) FSC 2009/6/22 SAI-COC-001290 / SAI-CW-001290 QMI-SAI CANADA Limited
PT. Kutai Timber Indonesia(KTI)(Indonesia) FSC 2005/1/10 TT-COC-002009 BM TRADA
PT. Rimba Partikel Indonesia(RPI)(Indonesia) FSC 2012/10/15 TT-COC-004325 BM TRADA
PT.Sumitomo Forestry Indonesia FSC 2016/4/26 TT-COC-005903 PT. Mutuagung Lestari
Sumitomo Forestry Singapore Ltd. FSC 2008/1/28 RA-COC-005542/RA-CW-005542 Rainforest Alliance
Sumitomo Forestry Dalian Ltd. PEFC 2014/11/17 SGS-PEFC/COC-1730 SGS
FSC 2016/9/8 SA-COC-005319 Soil Association Certification Limited
  • *1 CoC (Chain of Custody) certification is a system to certify companies operating processing and distribution of forest products. It tracks the certified forest products (logged in the certified forests) in the course of processing and distribution and certifies that the risk evaluation is conducted for non-certified timber, and allows to the certification label on the products whose entire production process is CoC certified.
  • *2 Includes operators other than Sumitomo Forestry Group companies due to being a comprehensive certification.
  • *3 Alpine MDF Industries is no longer a consolidated company of the Group due to the sale of all equity interest in March 2017.

Major Forest Certification Systems

Forest Stewardship Council(FSC)

FSC is an organization founded in 1993 led by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and consists of representatives from environmental organizations, forest workers, timber users and traders, human rights organizations, and local forestry unions. It is considered a pioneer amongst forest certification system operators.

Adhering to the 10 principles and 56 regulations encompassing environmental impact, local society, and indigenous people's rights, FSC-accredited certification bodies will undertake reviews. Recently, country or regional standards as well as the review procedure for small-scale forest owners have been introduced to provide greater support for diverse forests and owners.

Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

Forestry organizations of eleven European countries established PEFC together in 1999 as an organization to mutually authenticate the system of each country. PEFC does not directly authenticate an individual forest, but when the PEFC's required conditions that adapted “the inter-governmental process” implemented by 149 countries is met, the country's own forest certification system is authenticated by PEFC. Joined by non-European countries in 2003, the organization originally called Pan European Forest Certification Schemes changed its name to Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. Since then, PEFC has shown drastic growth, and to date its total certified area is the largest across the world.

Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council (SGEC)

SGEC authenticates forest management that demonstrates both rich natural environment and sustainable timber production in Japan. With reverence for Japan's indigenous natural environment, social customs, and culture, the review premises on seven criteria. SGEC can also authenticates forestry operations and distribution systems under CoC. SGEC joined PEFC in November 2014 and submitted a mutual authentication application to PEFC in March 2015, which was mutually approved in June 2016.

Promoting Wider Use of Certified Timber

The utmost importance in the sales of certified timber is the separate management of certified and non-certified materials. The CoC certification by incorporating a third-party authentication insures that the timber sold to customers are produced in the certified forests.

The Sumitomo Forestry Group sets the proportion of certified timber among the sales volume of imported timber as an indicator and is working to increase the figure to 12% or above by 2020. In fiscal 2016, indicative figure was 10.9%.

As for timber certified by SGEC, the certification system for domestic produce, the Group has set the 2020 sales volume target at 85,000 m³. In fiscal 2016, the indicative figure was 67,800 m³.

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