Responsible Forestry

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.

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, and in addition our Box Hill operation holds a Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFCTM) COC certificate.  We continue to offer independently certified products to our customers and consumers.  In 2017, this amounted to 290 COC certified products, up by 110 products in 2015.  Furthermore, the responsible forestry credentials of 73 products manufactured by Asaleo Care have been independently assessed and assured under ECNZ to be managed sustainably[1]

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 2017 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 Box Hill, Australia, is 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 Springvale, Australia, and Te Rapa, New Zealand, 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.  In 2016, we developed an innovative web-based system to help us collect higher quality information from our suppliers and perform faster due diligence. The new 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 2017, 30 suppliers were screened according to these criteria amounting to 77% of all relevant[2] suppliers which is an 8% increase since 2015.

Our policy position, investment in the new web-based system and work with our suppliers are all aligned to our company ethos of “Taking Care”.

Tork is proud to sponsor the FSC®2016 initiative, Future Generations. The campaign creates awareness and builds knowledge of responsible forestry and sustainability with primary school students – our consumers of the future. Tork provides schools with lesson plans for levels 1 through to 6.

[1] ECNZ’s Sanitary Paper Products Standard, EC-13-15.

[2] Source of origin due diligence is only performed on packaging or items for internal consumption regulated under the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 (Cth.).