Sustainability and CSR

About wood

Wood as a unique human
and environmentally friendly material

Planet-saving

As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that drive global warming and negatively contribute to climate change. With sustainable harvesting, which increases forestation, trees are cut at the right time and replanted to secure the forest’s health and functions.

As for wood processing coming in later, by-products from every stage of the process can be reused and repurposed. We can thus call it true zero-waste production.

Ideal (not only) for the 21st century

Natural, renewable, recyclable, reusable and repairable: these are only a few attributes of wood and the products made of it, deserving to be called environmentally friendly.

Fit for humans

Creating a home in harmony with nature

Wood should be the first choice in the construction of buildings and houses. Compared to other widely used materials such as steel or concrete, producing and processing wood uses less energy, and the wood life cycle has a much lower impact on the environment. Besides being strong, wood also acts as a great thermal and acoustic insulator. Wood is durable, and it practically lives and ages with us, creating a patina as part of its character.

Creating a healthy living and working environment

Several studies have shown that wood has a positive effect on human physical and mental well-being. The use of wood and plants indoors creates a natural warmth and cosiness, which makes one feel calm and contributes to reduced stress and lower blood pressure.

Our contribution to sustainability

PEFC and FSC® certifications

As a responsible company, we try to maximize wood’s social, economic, and environmental value both now and for future generations. We work constantly to improve our business processes to minimize our own environmental impact. We support a green world economy, the alignment of the economic growth with the demands of environmental protection, and the creation of a new sustainable social model which is changing the global position of forestry.

We are proud holders of the PEFC and FSC® certifications, declaring that the forests, harvested wood, and subsequent products that we work with are grown and processed sustainably and from proven sources.

PEFC

PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification system. By promoting sustainable forest management, PEFC certifies throughout the forest product supply chain that timber and non-timber forest products are produced in compliance with the highest environmental, social, and ethical standards. This eco-label helps customers and consumers identify products from sustainable forests. The PEFC Consumer Chain of Custody (CoC) certification, which we use at VALASAHA, is a mechanism for tracking certified materials from forest to finished products, ensuring that everything in wood, wood fibres, and non-wood forest products can be traced back to certified forests. C-o-C certification is an important part of the PEFC system, as it confirms that forest product declarations are credible and verifiable throughout the supply chain. C-o-C certification is used to cover the entire forest products value chain.

FSC®

FSC® is a globally recognized certificate guaranteeing the sustainability of fragile forest ecosystems. Today more and more companies are considering responsible forest management, which must preserve biodiversity and its associated values, water resources, soil, and unique and sensitive ecosystems and landscape features, thereby maintaining the forest’s ecological functions and integrity, and VALASAHA is no exception.

We work in accordance with Forest Stewardship Council standards® (FSC-C157694). This certificate guarantees that the wood we supply has not been harvested illegally, and comes from forests managed in a close-to-nature manner. The FSC® certificate also ensures a fair wage, job security, and opportunities for educating people who work in the forest and in product processing. Regular audits by independent accredited certification organizations serve to guarantee the right to present this international certificate.

Sustainability via technology

We see technology as a great tool for finding new solutions to existing and emerging problems, increasing effectivity, saving precious time, and supporting sustainability. Therefore, we invest in technologies and software that can eliminate redundant activities, allowing us to focus on a more important agenda.

Our timber data recording system, developed in-house, transmits instant information from a forest or a sawmill directly to the customer, and enables us to track the origin of all our products, along with audio and video records. To significantly reduce paper usage, we have created a digital back-office document flow system, enabling automatization in all processes from basic data records to complex sales document management.

5P philosophy

What we focus on

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