Wood Raw Material Procurement Guidelines
The Oji Group has established the Wood Raw Material Procurement Guidelines for its wood raw materials procurement.
The Guidelines stipulate that the Group shall: (1) expand procurement of wood from certified forests; (2) increase use of plantation trees; (3) utilize unused wood effectively; (4) verify that procurement is in compliance with laws and is environmentally friendly and socially responsible, and; (5) disclose information. Above all, to “(4)-2. Ensure raw material traceability,” the production place of raw materials, the forest management method, and the avoidance of wood obtained through illegal logging are included among the check items. We thus work to trace the origin of wood raw materials and ensure that we only procure raw materials produced from well-managed forests.
For this purpose, we make it mandatory for all suppliers to submit traceability reports on wood raw materials. A report on imported wood is submitted for each shipload because it is transported on dedicated ships for carrying woodchips. A report on domestic wood is to be submitted once a year because it is procured in small quantities and transported mostly on trucks. In order to conduct monitoring, we obtain a total of 1,100 traceability reports every year, including approximately 200 on imported woodchips, approximately 550 on domestic woodchips, and approximately 350 on purchased pulp. They are audited by a third party every year, and we disclose a summary of the results of the audit.
We explain to all our new suppliers the Oji Group Partnership Procurement Policy, the Wood Raw Material Procurement Guidelines, and that there is an obligation to submit the traceability report, and conduct the risk assessment based on the requirements of the traceability report.
Wood Raw Material Procurement Guidelines172KB
Fiscal 2017 Progress Report on Oji Group Wood Raw Material Procurement Guidelines238KB
The Oji Group also manufactures FSC™ certified products*1 using woodchips that meet the requirements of FSC™, such as FSC™ certified wood and controlled wood*2. Controlled wood must meet five requirements*3 to be used as FSC™ certified products (such as FSC™ Mix label), which overlap with the Wood Raw Material Procurement Guidelines.
Suppliers with FSC™ CoC certification must be audited by a third party, and by utilizing these certification systems it is possible to ensure wood raw material traceability and the management systems (such as internal training) of suppliers. The results of these audits are available for confirmation on the website.
*1: FSC™ License code: Oji Paper Co., ltd; FSC™ C014119, Oji Nepia Co., ltd: FSC™ C018118
*2: Controlled wood: Controlled wood is not FSC™ certified wood, but can be mixed with FSC™ certified material in products that carry the FSC™ Mix label.Controlled wood be certified by a third-party organization after risk assessment on five requirements*3 stipulated by FSC™ certification bodies. Organizations (suppliers) that have obtained controlled wood certification are obliged to conduct risk assessment and undergo an audit by a third-party certification body every year.
*3: Five requirements: Meeting these requirements means not coming under, or being confirmed to be unlikely to come under, any one of the five categories below.
- Illegally harvested wood
- Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights
- Wood harvested in forests in which high conservation values (HCVs) are threatened by management activities (HCVs are areas particularly worthy of protection.)
- Wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
- Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted
The Oji Group visits local suppliers on a timely basis every year to check logging permits and related documents and inspect the actual logging areas and forests. We thus monitor the status of their compliance with the Wood Raw Material Procurement Guidelines and validate the traceability. Through these monitoring activities, we have built good relationships with our suppliers.
|Meeting with a local supplier (Vietnam)
||Inspection of a forest
with a local supplier (Vietnam)
Response to the Green Wood Law
In March 2018, the Oji Group completed its registration as a Class-1 and Class-2 Registered Wood-Related Business Operator, which is stipulated in the Act on Promoting the Distribution and Use of Legally Harvested Wood (commonly known as the “Green Wood Law”)*1 that came into force in May 2017. When we procure wood raw materials or biomass fuels in the future, we will verify the legality of the procurement by conducting due diligence to prove the legality*2 by working together with the Japan Paper Association.
*1: Aimed at encouraging the distribution and use of wood harvested in compliance with the laws and regulations of Japan or countries of origin and products made using such wood, this law stipulates the measures to be taken by wood-related business operators and the government of Japan, as well as the scope of the subject wood, etc. and wood-related business operators, method of registration, and other aspects. This law is therefore aimed at controlling the illegal harvesting of wood, which is an international problem.
*2: The due diligence for proving legality refers to minimizing the legal risks involved with wood through the following three processes.
- Collecting information about tree species, the country/region where the wood was harvested, and logging certification based on laws/regulations
- Risk assessment based on the information collected (initial risk assessment and detailed risk assessment)
- Measures for alleviating risk, including on-site investigations and the replacement of suppliers
Where the risk is deemed high even after measures for alleviating it have been implemented or where it is impossible to take the measures, we refrain from purchasing the wood because there is a high risk that it is illegal wood.
Registered Wood-Related Business Operators of the Oji Group and their registration numbers (Japanese only)