The raw material provided by forests, wood fibre, is an important alternative to fossil-oil based raw materials, and forest industry products are significant in terms of the national economy of Metsä Board’s home market: the forest industry generates roughly a fifth of Finland’s export income.
Of Metsä Board’s eight mills, seven are in Finland and one is in Sweden. Forests cover roughly 75% of Finland’s and 70% of Sweden’s land area. In both countries, at least half of the forests are owned privately by ordinary families, meaning that forests are a source of income for many people. This is why it is important to forest owners that their forests remain viable for future generations. The both countries have a long history in sustainable forest management, and their forest reserves increase continuously because forest growth is greater than the volume of harvested wood.
Metsä Board is part of Metsä Group, whose internal value chain helps us to ensure the origin and quality of the wood fibre we use. Metsä Group's wood supply and forest services is responsible for all our wood procurement. In recognition of our sustainable forest use, Metsä Board has achieved a rating of A in CDP's forest assessment.
Finnish forest owner Mikko Leikola tells what forest means to him: