„Holding paper in my hands was physical proof that our hard work and excellent cooperation over many months paid off.”
Head of Project Engineering, Zellstoff Pöls
A forest-based Brazilian company, Fibria is the world leader in the production of eucalyptus pulp. The company’s operations have 17,000 employees and outsourced workers, operating in several departments such as research, planting, harvesting, production, and logistics. With annual pulp production capacity of 5.3 million tons, the company has industrial units in the cities of Aracruz, Jacareí and Três Lagoas. Fibria also operates Veracel plant in the city of Eunápolis through a joint operation with Stora Enso.
Fibria has 1,056,000 hectares of forests, including 633,000 hectares of planted forests, 364,000 hectares earmarked for environmental preservation and conservation, and 59,000 hectares allocated for other uses. All of Fibria’s units are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Cerflor/ Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The company exports to 38 countries with the support of sales and representative offices in North America, Europe, and Asia.
The commitment to the efficient use of natural resources and social engagement are inherent to the strategy devised by Fibria, which was created with the mission to develop the renewable forestry business as a sustainable source of life and to create wealth in a responsible, shared and inclusive manner. Fibria is aware that its operations depend not only on economic and financial aspects but also on social and environmental factors and hence operates in harmony with society at every stage of its production chain, mitigating the impacts of its operations and promoting the social inclusion of neighboring communities. To support and guide its actions on this front, the company has a Sustainability Committee, presided over by the chairman of its board of directors and consists of five independent external members and three executive officers of the company. The Committee has been monitoring the trends in sustainability that could impact the company’s strategy, focusing on two fronts: climate change and valuation of ecosystem services. The alignment between corporate shared value, respect to social and environmental issues, and the focus on disciplined growth has earned Fibria wide recognition. In 2016 for example, the company was selected for the fifth time as a component of the portfolio for 2016-2017 of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index of the New York Stock Exchange. Fibria was the only company in the Forestry and Paper industry selected from among the nine companies participating in the selection of components for the global index.
Södra was founded in 1938 and is best known to the paper industry as one of Europe’s largest suppliers of pulp for the global market. Its mills are among the most modern and efficient in the world, following the recent completion of a 600-million Euro investment to increase production capacity significantly in all three of its Swedish pulp mills.
The pulp division at Södra, Södra Cell, is part of an international forest industry Group with 3,500 employees, which includes one of the largest sawmill operations in Sweden. In addition to pulp, Södra produces sawn timber and interior wood products mainly for the building trade, and exports account for some 70 percent of sales.
The Södra Group is also the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners - the forest estates of these members supply the raw material for the mills. Södra provides high-quality services for its members, from planting and forest management advice to final harvesting, and around 70% of members’ wood is now certified either to FSC, PEFC or both. In return, Södra is secure in the knowledge that its mills use wood from high-quality, well-managed forests which are there for the long term.
Nature conservation guides everything for the business. Sweden is a leader in sustainable forestry, and Södra plays a major role in this respect. For example, the three pulp mills produce paper pulp, dissolving pulp but also green energy, because thanks to Södra’s commitment to improve energy efficiency, it now produces more energy than it consumes. Södra’s mills supply five Swedish communities with green energy.
According to Södra's calculations, its owners’ estates have sequestered 6.5 million tonnes of CO₂ per year over the past five-years, and offset the CO₂ emissions of 1.3 million Swedes. Active forestry thus has major potential to reduce global warming. Other calculations show that if the world's forests had been managed like Swedish forests over the past 100 years, the improvement in the CO₂ balance would almost offset annual emissions in the atmosphere.
Innovation with a focus on sustainability is key for Södra, and its research has led to the development of biofuels and alternatives to fossil-fuel-derived products. Södra uses every part of the tree, and is continuously developing new products from this fantastic raw material. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the next generation of forestry and pulp production.
Head of Project Engineering, Zellstoff Pöls