Responsible forestry practices are at the core of our sustainability strategy. Our business is reliant upon sustainable sources of pulp and pulp-based products.We support responsible forestry through our policies, sourcing practices and product offerings. In particular, we are committed to purchase pulp and paper reels consistent with No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policies adopted by the forestry and palm oil industries.
Responsible forestry practices are integral to the way we operate and multiple approaches to managing this issue are applied. These include Chain of Custody (COC) certification, Environmental Choice New Zealand (ECNZ) licensing and assurance as well as source of origin due diligence.
Our COC accreditation delivers traceable and responsible products to consumers and customers in a transparent and credible way. We hold a multi-site Forestry Stewardship Council® (FSC®) COC certificate for all manufacturing sites and trading operations. We continue to offer independently certified products to our customers and consumers. In 2018, this amounted to 297 COC certified products, up by 117 products in 2015. Furthermore, the responsible forestry credentials of 86 products manufactured by Asaleo Care have been independently assessed and assured under ECNZ to be managed sustainably.
Responsible Forestry is a key consideration when sourcing pulp-based raw materials and external finished goods for our operations in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. All pulp and paper reel purchases in 2018 were in accordance with our Responsible Forestry and Fibre Sourcing Policy:
The pulp that enters our Kawerau, New Zealand paper machine originates from 100% FSC certified sources, including a maximum of 30% FSC Controlled Wood sources.
All pulp and paper deliveries to our Springvale, Australia site are supplied with a combination of PEFC, FSC 100%, FSC Mix and FSC Controlled Wood sources.
In Nakasi, Fiji, all paper deliveries are either FSC Mix or FSC Controlled Wood certified.
Personal Care products made at our Springvale, Australia and Te Rapa, New Zealand sites, are derived exclusively from FSC Controlled Wood pulp.
We are firmly committed to only purchasing products and materials that originate from legally harvested, non-controversial sources. We expect the same commitment and approach from our suppliers, and have incorporated this into our due diligence processes. We have implemented an innovative web-based system to help us collect higher quality information from our suppliers and perform faster due diligence. The system makes it easier for us to trace our supply chain and identify species, countries of harvest and entities in the supply chain. Due diligence activities include supplier self-assessment questionnaires and declarations, proof of origin documentation and COC documents. In 2018, 36 suppliers were screened according to these criteria amounting to 80% of all relevant suppliers which is an 14% increase since 2015.
 ECNZ’s Sanitary Paper Products Standard, EC-13-15.
 Source of origin due diligence is only performed on packaging or items for internal consumption regulated under the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 (Cth.).