We use recycled wood, often several times, to create premium engineered wood panels. Our circular model demonstrates how carbon dioxide stored in wood is locked in after harvesting for the entire service life. It also ensures that we create maximum value, while having minimal impact on the planet.
We deploy modern techniques and technology to extend the lifecycle of our raw materials, working closely with our partners across the value chain to drive recycling rates up, and carbon emissions down. Of course, we understand that true sustainability means we must listen to our stakeholders, always act responsibly, and cultivate a safe, healthy work environment where our people can thrive.
In 2022, we comprehensively examined the effects of our business activities on the environment, economy and society as part of a materiality analysis. We did so in the three existing fields of action, materials, climate and people. On the basis of the previous analysis in 2020, we expanded our set of targets to include several key aspects:
One prime example of this is the working conditions within the company, where we have placed a particular focus on equal opportunities for under-represented employee groups. Our aim is to increase transparency in our supply chains and to achieve this we are developing framework conditions and criteria catalogues in 2023. In particular, we intend to analyse the impact of our business activities in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity and human rights. First of all, the goal is to clearly define the status quo so that we can set milestones and measure progress in detail over the next three to five years.
Our three focus areas are closely aligned with our commercial strategy, and are a central part of the commitments made in our Sustainability-Linked Financing Framework.
- Circular economy
- Renewable resources
- Responsible procurement
- Protecting biodiversity
- Maintaining our commitment to the circular economy through consistent recycling of wood-based materials
- Maintaining 100% controlled wood for production purchasing
- Maintaining a high share of 90% of wood for production from domestic sources
Increasing the total wood yield of wood used in production in each plant to a minimum of 90% in 2025. Baseline: 82% in 2025
Increasing the share of post-consumer recycled wood from 40% (2020) to 50% (2025)
Manufacturing 10% of wood-based materials using biogenic binder content by 2025
Introducing a framework for assessing the sustainability of our suppliers in 2023
Developing specific KPIs for water and waste in 2023
- Sustainable production
- Renewable energy
- Net-zero CO2 emissions
- Offering a wide range of low-emission and environmentally friendly products
- Achieving net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050
Reducing Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 21% by 2025 (baseline 2020)
Reducing indirect greenhouse gas emissions associated with purchased chemical products used in our wood-based panels by 21% by 2025 (baseline 2020)
Developing a framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all upstream products (Scope 3) in 2023
Developing a framework to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2023
- Fair and motivating working conditions
- Doing what is right
- Loyal and engaged stakeholder
- Acting ethically, respectfully and responsibly towards all employees and external partners
- Applying the precautionary principle to prevent illness and accidents
- Promoting development opportunities for all our employees
Reducing employee and contractor accidents and achieving a lost-time accident frequency rate for each of 0.5 per 200,000 hours worked (LTA-FR2) by 2025
Creating an evaluation system in 2023 consisting of preventive indicators to reduce accidents
Develop a concept for the expansion of human resources management to develop and retain employees, increase the proportion of women and increase the proportion of people with disabilities in the workforce in 2023
Conducting and documenting compliance training for 100% of staff by 2025
Wood is the most sustainable building material – a renewable resource that stores huge amounts of carbon, and we recycle it to create effective, premium products. Our role in a sustainable, circular wood ecosystem ensures that every piece of wood has an extended lifecycle – adding maximum value, while having minimal impact.
Our role in a sustainable circular economy for wood ensures that each piece of wood remains in the life cycle for as long as possible - adding maximum value, while having minimal impact.
In addition, the wood-based materials industry is committed to making a significant contribution to the fight against climate change by reducing CO2 emissions through storage and substitution.
We expect to reach our self-imposed target of 50% post-consumer recycled wood in the wood mix before the target year of 2025. Today the share is 48%, followed by sawmill residues at 32%. Thinnings and damaged wood account for 20% and, since 2007, have been sourced exclusively from controlled sources in Germany and neighbouring countries. Internal and external audits are carried out annually to ensure that the underlying criteria for FSC® Controlled Wood and PEFC Controlled Source are met throughout the supply chain. We close the loop by using recycled wood at the end of its useful life to generate thermal energy at our sites.
We are able to process 1.5 million tonnes of wood in the “absolutely dry” category (atro) per year, plus 9,000 tonnes of decor paper. Since 2007, we have been using fresh wood and decor paper, e.g. for panel decors and cores, exclusively from controlled sources.
Internal and external audits are conducted annually to verify that the underlying criteria of FSC® Controlled Wood and PEFC Controlled Sources are met throughout the entire chain of custody.
Suppliers who do not meet the audit requirements or who do not allow our auditors access to their harvesting areas, even after signing confidentiality declarations, are consistently excluded.
We predominantely procure recycled wood from certified recycling companies. From sawmills, we obtain sawmill residues in the form of edge trimmings, wood chips, and sawdust, which are produced during the manufacture of beams and boards. Fresh industrial wood in the form of thinnings and damaged wood from windthrow and beetle infestation areas forms the smallest part of our wood raw materials.
We produce new particleboard from these raw materials and supply it to our customers. When the products have reached the end of their service life, specialist recycling companies process them and remove material components that do not belong to the same type. At our locations, we remove the remaining impurities from the recycled wood that has been processed in this way.
We use the high-quality recycled wood for the production of new wood-based products. Wood that can no longer be recycled is converted into thermal and electrical energy in our integrated biomass power plants in Gütersloh, Neumarkt and Baruth.
We use this energy in our production processes and feed surplus electricity and heat into the public electricity or heating grid. We ensure short transport routes for all raw material purchases. By establishing further partnerships with certified recycling companies, furniture manufacturers, suppliers and customers, we specifically promote the cascading use of wood and the circular economy in order to further increase the proportion.
We source over 90% of our wood raw materials for production from Germany. 500 active suppliers, ranging from small regional forestry operations, sawmills and recycling companies to international suppliers, ensure a constant supply to our sites. The FSC and PEFC labels confirm that products containing wood fibre meet these criteria throughout the chain of custody (CoC).
Licence codes: FSC (FSC C011773) and PEFC (PEFC/04-32-0828)
What do FSC and PEFC cover?
The Chain of Custody certification is a mechanism to prove responsible sourcing from forest to end-user. It ensures that materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing so that customers purchasing FSC or PEFC labelled products can be confident that they are genuinely certified.
A certified product designation means that processed virgin material either originates in certified forests or is verified as having a low probability of containing fibre from illegally harvested wood, wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights, wood harvested from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities, wood from forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use and wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.
Reclaimed materials are acceptable under these certification systems, enabling us to gain value from what some consider to be waste, and ensuring the wood is put to good use before becoming fuel for process heat and power.