Swedish firm claims first ISO forest standard

Korsnäs gets ISO 14001 certification "from seedling to product "

Sweden's fifth biggest forestry and paper company, Korsnäs has claimed the world's first ISO 14001 environmental management standard certificate for "nature forestry". The company owns 660,000 hectares of forest land in Sweden, as well as a large pulp mill producing 650,000 tonnes of pulp per year, which achieved ISO 14001 certification last year. Korsnäs manufactures some 300 million sacks a year, used to package everything from cement to pet food. Interviewed by ENDS Daily, Korsnäs forestry director Jan Eklund claimed that no other company in the world had obtained an ISO 14001 certificate for managing non-plantation forests. According to Mr Eklund, the firm is now the first forestry/paper company in the world to obtain the ISO environmental certification "from seedling to product". Korsnäs has no plans to go for the alternative EU Eco-management and audit standard (EMAS), Mr Eklund said, "having decided to go down the ISO route". However, the company may apply for the Swedish Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard when it is finalised later this year. Mr Eklund described ISO 14001 and the FSC as "complementary".

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