Procurement Policy for Wood Raw Materials

The Rengo Group uses wood raw materials (wood chips, pulp, and wood fuel) to produce pulp, paper, paperboard, and cellulose-related products.
Our Procurement Policy for Wood Raw Materials states that, when procuring the raw materials of these products, we must not only consider the global environment and biodiversity, but we must also procure the raw materials from suppliers that do not use illegally logged wood to ensure the effective use of sustainable wood resources.

Procurement Policy for Wood Raw Materials

The Rengo Group procures raw materials derived from wood produced from sustainably managed forests to protect the global environment and biodiversity and combat deforestation.
This procurement policy applies to wood chips, pulp, and wood fuel procured by Rengo Co., Ltd. and its Group companies.

Procurement Policy

We will procure wood raw materials that have been produced in properly managed forests that comply with local laws and regulations.
We will prioritize the procurement of reused and unused materials such as waste timber, thinned wood, and low-quality timber to ensure effective use of resources. Also, in order to make sustainable use of forest resources while recycling them, we will give priority to procurement of raw materials derived from timber plantations.
We will not procure raw materials sourced from illegal logging, wood from conservation-worthy forests, and wood obtained in circumstances that have infringed 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 wood raw materials that have received third-party forest certification. In particular, we will only procure pulp that has received third-party forest certification.
We will strive to ensure traceability and confirm the legality of wood used for raw materials.

Initiatives Against Illegal Logging

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 Monitoring Service against Illegal Logging.
We will regularly provide summaries of the Rengo Group’s initiatives against illegal logging on our website and other media.
Established October 2007
Revised April 2017
Revised April 2018
Revised October 2023

Procurement of pulp

Roughly 80% of the wood pulp Rengo uses is procured domestically, while roughly 20% is imported. In 2020, the pulp used in the manufacture of cellulose-related products at Takefu Plant received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)® certification. With this, now all of the wood pulp we procure, including the pulp used in the manufacture of paperboard, receives forest management certification from third party certification bodies.

Procurement Policy for Wood Pulp

Illegal Logging Countermeasures

As part of our illegal logging countermeasures, in order to confirm that raw materials are procured in accordance with our procurement policy, we undertake annual audits by the Japan Paper Association’s Illegal Logging Monitoring Project. The pulp procured in FY3/2022 was audited by the Monitoring Project in October 2022. This audit confirmed that all of the pulp was manufactured from wood raw materials that were obtained legally.
The pulp procured in FY3/2023, as well, will be audited by the Monitoring Project by the end of FY3/2024.

Clean Wood Act Initiatives

Japan's Act on Promoting the Distribution and Use of Legally Harvested Wood and Wood Products (the Clean Wood Act) went into force in May 2017, and the Rengo Group became a registered wood-related business operator in March 2018. To minimize the risk of purchasing wood or wood products which have been illegally harvested, we created and use a legal certification due diligence system manual. The Rengo Group will continue to implement measures in accordance with the Clean Wood Act.