Forest Management Policy
Marubeni Group (hereinafter the “Company”) promotes sustainable forest management by conducting fair and upright corporate activities in accordance with the spirit of the Company Creed of “Fairness, Innovation and Harmony”. We recognize that forests are renewable resources that provide various benefits for sustaining life on earth, and embrace economically viable forest management methods with the aim of ensuring the prosperity of present and future generations.
We strive to contribute to the establishment of a circular economy by creating innovation in the utilization of forest resources and responding to the society’s environmental needs that are becoming more diverse.
The Forest Management Policy (hereinafter the “Policy”) drives our commitments to sustainable forest management, the protection of forests with high conservation value (HCV*1) and the elimination of unregulated forest logging in our business activities. We, through our focus on on-site operations, are able to create economic benefits and contribute to society by conducting sustainable forest management through coexistence and co-prosperity with local communities, as well as supplying environmentally conscious wood resources that respond to society's needs.
2. Scope of Application
The Policy applies to all woodchip and pulp manufacturing and forest plantation operations by Marubeni and its subsidiaries worldwide.
We go beyond compliance in our commitments to sustainable forest management. Through this Policy, we reaffirm our commitment to comply with all applicable laws and regulations relevant to forestry operations and seek to extend this obligation to our contractors and their employees.
In implementing sustainable forest management, we commit to the following guidelines on the principle of No Deforestation:
- Only handling wood resources managed in a sustainable and appropriate way.
- No conversion of natural forests in forest plantation developments.
- Proactively addressing protection of HCV forests in our forest management from the viewpoint of biodiversity conservation.
- No forest plantation operations in HCV forests or on peatland.
- Committing to a “No Burn Policy” that restricts the use of fire in forest plantation operations that can potentially cause forest fires in tropical forest areas.
- Minimizing the impact of logging and related logging access roads construction on ecosystems.
- Proactively addressing the protection of species at risk of extinction included in IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) Red List of Threatened Species.
- Restricting the usage of alien species only to cases where impact is manageable.
- Following international best practices for soil management.
- Not using any pesticides classified as Class 1A/1B in the classification scheme of the WHO (World Health Organization), or any substances regulated by the Rotterdam Convention and the Stockholm Convention as pesticides.
- Not using genetic modification technology in forest management.
- Effective utilization of trees damaged by natural disasters such as burned trees, fallen trees, drift wood etc.
We commit to the social and economic development of the areas where we operate and seek to identify opportunities to create shared values with local communities. We recognize the importance of land use rights for local communities and indigenous people and their right to enjoy a fair share of the benefits obtainable from the commercial use of forest resources. Marubeni Group follows the principles regarding human rights described in the Basic Policy on Human Rights, and conducts the following activities as a responsible party:
- Committing to provide a safe and productive work environment, and not tolerating any form for child labor, forced labor, discrimination, harassment or abuse.
- Following the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) when starting new forestry operations on the lands where indigenous and local communities hold legal or customary rights.
- Establishing grievance and conflict resolution mechanisms compliant with international standards and the regulatory requirements of the host countries of our forestry operations, as well as engaging in good-faith dialogue with stakeholders to resolve any issues.
- Actively carrying out stakeholder engagement on local, national and international scales.
- Respecting the rights of every worker.
We are contributing to economic and social development of areas where we operate through the following initiatives:
- Creating employment opportunities for local residents (priority allocation of contracts for forest plantation related work)
- Joint programs with local residents (Joint Forestry, Agriculture and Forest Products Harvesting Programs, etc.)
- Support activities for local residents (support for indigenous people, vocational training, disaster prevention drills, voluntary provision of daily necessities, etc.)
- Educational support (scholarships, construction or renovation and extension of schools, dispatching of teachers, operational support, etc.)
- Other community support (support for infrastructure equipment repair, sports events, etc.)
We promote the main principles outlined in international standards relevant to the forestry industry (forest plantations, woodchips and pulp manufacturing) in our own operations as part of our commitment to sustainable forest management.
（4）Environmental and Social Risk Assessment
We conduct the necessary environmental and social risk assessment prior to the completion of land acquisitions or land developments for new operations.
The Policy is approved by Marubeni’s Board of Directors. Oversight of the Policy is by the Chairperson of Sustainability Management Committee with implementation by the Business Group.
（2）Links to Other Policies
The Policy complements other sustainability related policies of the Company including the Basic Policy on Human Rights and Basic Supply Chain Sustainability Policy.
We will review the Policy at least once a year, or as new information and knowledge becomes available, in ways that are consistent with our objectives of sustainable forest management.
（4）Certification Audit and Monitoring
We hold international certification for sustainable forest management and CoC (Chain of Custody) certification to manage distribution and processing. As a result, accredited bodies conduct regular auditing and monitoring of these certifications.
In addition to increasing the transparency of our business activities, we are committed to disclose information on our approach to sustainable forest management on the Company website etc.
1 HCV forests are forests that have a High Conservation Value in social, cultural and or environmental terms.