Deforestation and land use conversion puts the climate under pressure, and forestry is a high-risk sector for modern slavery. We believe it is our responsibility to manage the sustainability impact of our products in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Our approach is centred on securing responsible sources of pulp and pulp-based products to manufacture our goods which we put into action through our policies and sourcing practices.
With our Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification and tropical peatland free commitment, our consumers and customers are assured the products we are delivering are sustainable, responsible and traceable. All our manufacturing facilities and trading operations are covered by our multi-site FSC® Chain of Custody certificate.
Our responsible fibre sourcing metrics include FSC certification, Environmental Choice New Zealand licensing and assurance, and source of origin due diligence. Using a unified range of responsible forestry metrics enables us to examine our progress in a unified and holistic way without being limited to one management approach.
Asaleo Care is the first and only company in our industry committed to prevent fibre sourced from drained tropical peatlands from entering our fibre supply chain. We are actively raising the awareness about the environmental and social impacts of buying products made from drained tropical peatlands.
Tropical peatlands, such as those found on Indonesia’s Sumatra and Kalimantan Islands, are one of the most efficient forms of land-based carbon sequestration on the planet. Draining them for pulpwood plantations and other purposes, like palm oil production, releases large amounts of greenhouse gases. Dry, degraded tropical peatlands become more vulnerable to devastating fires that can release further greenhouse gases and create a toxic smoke haze, threatening the health of exposed populations such as those in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.