Combatting illegal logging and trade within the European Union is the focus of an agreement signed between the NGO Elephant Action League and the partners of the EU TREES project – organizations focused on fighting wildlife and forest crime. The agreement, which will last until the end of the TREES Project in April 2016, will enable the TREES Project partners to make use of the Elephant Action League-funded WildLeaks whistleblower platform. WildLeaks will receive anonymous information related to any forest crime, such as illicit timber extraction, log laundering, illegal timber transport and trade, forest products tax fraud, etc., through its secure platform, after which the information will be processed by project researchers.
EcoVadis is the leading system for evaluating and rating global corporations’ suppliers, and has conducted over 45 000 assessments in 150 countries. Companies using EcoVadis’ services include Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, L’Oréal and Heineken.
“We’ve been working hard for some time on integrating sustainability issues into all aspects of our business instead of viewing them as separate issues. This is one of many testaments that Holmen and our paperboard mills have a very strong sustainability profile,” said Elin Swedlund, sustainability manager at the Holmen Group.
Both Iggesund Mill and its sister facility in Workington were assigned Gold Standard, the highest rating. This means both paperboard mills are among the top one per cent of all companies assessed by EcoVadis, and among the top two per cent of paper industry companies assessed.
Over the past 10 years the Holmen Group has been included in indices of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies drawn up by both the UN Global Compact and the Corporate Knights. Holmen has also been named on several occasions by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as a leader in efforts to tackle climate change.
“Documenting our sustainability work has been important to us for some time, as has raising awareness of the environmental benefits of our products. Our sustainability work is vital for us, together with our customers, to create climate-smart products that benefit society,” said Johan Granås, sustainability communications manager at Iggesund Paperboard.