The Swedish forest industry is working with sustainable development from an environmental, social and economic perspective, this is what is called the triple bottom line. A responsible way of conducting business and a long-term focus to develop and improve quality of products, safety and the Environment, are important corner stones for a sustainable development of the industry.
Environmental consideration is a priority for the forest industry. The raw material from responsibly farmed forests is used to produce products and energy and the whole tree is utilized. The products are recycled, either as material or as bio energy.
Social responsibility is on a fundamental level about respecting the national and international labor laws and human rights regulations. To our members, it often means more than that. It is about being an active player where conducting business. Businesses within the forest industry work together with social responsibility through the employer organizations Industriarbetsgivarna (Employers organisation with the focus on industry) and Sirius, the common forum for collaboration within the pulp- and paper industry.
The forest industry is one of the most important industries in Sweden. The industry equals 9-12% of the total employment, export, revenue and added value in Sweden. The ambition of the industry is to strengthen the competitiveness and develop the operation in Sweden. As an example, the forest industry invested SEK 28 billion during 2015 and 2016 and so far, SEK 12 billion are planned for investments during 2017 and 2018.
Sustainability and our members
The members of the Swedish Forest Industries Federation can share how they work with sustainability. Many are also publishing yearly sustainability reports.