São Paulo, 2nd of December 2014 – A group of farmers from the Middle Tibagi River, in the region of Telemaco Borba (PR), has just been granted one of the most renowned forest certifications in the world, that of the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®). The trademark is recognition for responsible forest stewardship and allows certified, fostered farmers to sell their timber with a higher added value, which brings benefits to the entire production chain.
Klabin has backed this initiative ever since the process began, contributing to the partnership with FSC® Brazil and other institutions and companies from the sector, by drawing up the national standards for planted forests, SLIMF (Small and Low Intensity Managed Forest) – an acronym for forest stewardship on a small scale and/or of low intensity. After approval of SLIMF by the international FSC®, the company started a pilot project to certify 41 fostered farmers from the Group of Farmers from the Middle Tibagi.
The project received the assessment and assistance of specialized consultants, 2Tree Consulting, and of a team of professionals from Klabin, as well as support and monitoring from the Legal Woods Program, a partnership between Klabin and Apremavi (Association for the Preservation of the Environment and Life), in order to carry out actions of conservation, environmental education and forest incentives.
The initiative is part of Klabin’s strategy to attempt to use 100% certified wood in its production process. “We are very satisfied with the success of the work until now. Helping small and medium sized farmers from the regions where we are operating to earn certification as important as that of the FSC® makes us very proud and is even more proof that the company is a pioneer in the quest for sustainable development”, declares Jose Totti, Klabin’s Forestry Director.
Klabin’s Forestry Incentives Program in Parana includes over 3,500 farmers today, settled in towns close to Telemaco Borba. For Jose Totti, Klabin has taken the first step in a project, which will tend to expand. “With this pilot project, we have managed to align the properties and operations of 41 fostered farmers with the requirements of the standard. The idea is to continue backing farmers, who by earning FSC® benefit from the opportunities in new markets thanks to the strong demand for certified timber”, he explains.
Klabin, Brazil’s biggest paper manufacturer and exporter, produces corrugated packaging, industrial sacks and timber in logs. Founded in 1899, it currently own 14 industrial plants in Brazil and one in Argentina. It is organized in three business units: Forestry, Paper (cartonboard, kraft and recycled paper) and Converting (corrugated boxes and industrial sacks).
The company has embraced a management style focused on Sustainable Development, in its quest for integrated and responsible growth, combining profitability, social development and environmental commitment. For the first time, in 2014, Klabin has become a member of BM&FBovespa’s ISE (Corporate Sustainability Index). It is also a signatory of the UN Global Compact and of the National Pact to Eradicate Slave Labor and seeks suppliers and business partners who observe the same values of ethics, transparency and respect for the principles of sustainability.
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