Procurement Policy for Wood Pulp
Rengo Group procures pulp sourced from wood that has been produced from sustainable forests based on the awareness that the wood in paper is a renewable natural resource, and for the sake of helping protect the global environment and global biodiversity.
- We will procure pulp sourced from wood that has been produced in properly managed forests that comply with local laws and regulations.
- We will prioritize the procurement of pulp sourced from waste timber, thinned wood, low-quality wood, and suchlike, with a view to the effective use of resources.
- We will not procure pulp sourced from illegal logging, wood from conservation-worthy forests, and wood obtained in circumstances that have infringed on human rights or traditional rights.
- We will procure from suppliers that comply with laws, regulations and social norms, which show due consideration for human rights, the environment, and society.
- We will prioritize procurement of pulp sourced from wood produced in properly managed forests that have received third-party forest certification. In particular, we will only procure pulp for paperboard that has received third-party forest certification.
- When procuring pulp that has not received third-party forest certification for other uses, in the case of suppliers in Japan, we will procure from suppliers that participate in the voluntary initiatives of the Japan Paper Association against illegal logging and have goho (legal) wood certification, or from suppliers that regularly release written pledges that they do not handle illegally felled timber, as well as traceability reports that indicate where the timber was felled, the species of tree, quantities, and so on. Similarly, in the case of overseas suppliers, we will procure from suppliers that regularly release written pledges that they do not handle illegally felled timber, as well as traceability reports that indicate where the timber was felled, the species of tree and quantities.
- We will keep the relevant documents for a minimum of five years and make them available at the request of auditors or other such persons.
- We will undertake an annual audit by the Japan Paper Association's Illegal Logging Monitoring Project.
- We will regularly provide summaries of the above on our website and other media.