Uncontrolled and illegal felling is a significant global threat to forests. Deforestation accelerates climate change and reduces biodiversity. However, sustainable forestry can prevent negative environmental impacts and promote the rights and financial position of local communities. Sustainable forest management helps to maintain forests and preserve them for future generations.
Kesko’s product range includes numerous timber and paper products. For example, timber and building board are typically found in the building and technical trade products, while baking paper, kitchen rolls and toilet tissue are typical paper goods found in the grocery trade.
In 2013, Kesko’s building and technical trade was awarded the PEFC certificate, which covers sawn pine and spruce timber and processed timber as well as the wholesale distribution of MDF boards in Finland (percentage-based method). Furthermore, all K-Rauta stores in Finland have been covered by the PEFC group certificate since 2019.
Kesko’s objective is that by 2025 all timber and paper products in its product range will come from material of sustainable origin. Timber and paper products are FSC or PEFC certified or from certified origin or made of recycled materials. In the grocery trade, the policy applies to Kesko’s own-brand products. In the building and technical trade, the policy applies to all timber delivered by Kesko.
As early as 2009, the building and technical trade has ruled that it will not procure products made from endangered tree species growing in tropical natural forests. All wood products made from tropical wood are certified.
The timber and paper policy was first published in June 2017.
Kesko’s building and technical trade has been awarded the PEFC certificate, which covers sawn pine and spruce timber and processed timber as well as the wholesale distribution of MDF boards in Finland (percentage-based method). The average PEFC certification percentage in 2020 was 88.3% (2019: 88.9%) for pine and 82.0% (2019: 83.4%) for spruce.
Of the timber and paper products in the grocery trade’s Pirkka and K-Menu ranges, 36% (2019: 24%) contained sustainable raw material, of which 61% were FSC-certified, 36% PEFC-certified and 3% of recycled materials. In Kespro’s Menu range, 67% (2019: 31%) of timber and paper products contained sustainable raw material, of which 73% were FSC-certified and 27% PEFC-certified.