We promote credible forest certification as a tool to enhance sustainable forest management practices. The two most significant forest certification systems recognised by Stora Enso are run by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®).
The proportion of all forests worldwide certified as being under sustainable management is around 10%. Most of these certified forests are located in North America and Europe. We are actively working with our stakeholders to spread sustainable forest management and enhance certification systems. In 2013 Stora Enso and 25 other leading forest product companies signed up to the Leadership Statement on the Value and Future of Forest Certification created by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group. This statement calls for sustainable forest management to be significantly scaled up, and for forest certification schemes to be expanded. For more information see www.wbcsd.org.
In 2013 the share of certified wood in our total wood supply was 78% (74%). Stora Enso owns or leases lands with a total area of 1.1 million hectares, and 93% of this total area is certified.
In Brazil, Stora Enso's joint venture Veracel and its partner farmers are continuing pioneering the concept of group forest certification. By the end of 2013, FSC® and CERFLOR (PEFC) forest certification had been obtained by 51 farmers for a total area of 27 212 hectares, of which 12 400 hectares are planted with eucalyptus. Veracel's forestry partners enjoy concrete benefits from the forest certification process since it streamlines farm management, enhances working conditions, and facilitates the establishment of conservation areas.
In Uruguay, our joint venture MdP successfully expanded the scope of its FSC® FM certification during 2013 to 100% of the tree plantations it owns. Areas leased and managed by MdP are incrementally included under the same certification (SGS-FM/COC -001941) over time.