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Sustainable & Responsible Forestry

We are committed to sustainable and responsible forestry.

We are committed to sustainable and responsible forestry while developing the economy and improving living conditions for people living in and around our concessions. 

Our forest concessions in the Republic of Congo cover around two million hectares (ha) which are managed by our subsidiary Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB). Around 1.8 million ha are FSC® certified (license numbers). CIB is the longest holder of FSC certification in the Congo Basin.

A quarter of the area of our certified concessions is permanently protected from forest operations and reserved for the communities and as protected areas. In the harvestable areas we are committed to strictly apply Reduced Impact Logging techniques and harvest at levels significantly below those permitted by national regulations. This approach to sustainable forest management is based on a selective harvesting model bydefined by the natural regeneration capacity of the forest. This means we cut approximately one tree per hectare every 30 years. CIB-Olam is the pioneer in RIL initiatives in the region.

Fire Prevention and Management

Due to the permanent semi-humid climate, the risk of fire in Congo's forests is low. Nevertheless, some forests in proximity to savannahs may pose a potential risk.  As part of our forest management plans (last reviewed in May 2020), we have put in place a fire response and management procedure  to prevent and respond to fire hazards in industrial sites. Through our continued engagement, we are raising awareness of fire-risks and monitor for incidents of fire with the local communities which in some instances use burning for land preparation for subsistence agriculture.

Water, Chemical and Waste Management

Our sustainable management approach includes protecting and managing water quality. Our waste water treatment plant ensures all water used at our sawmills and facilities meets water quality standards before being discharged. We analyse all water samples at our on-site laboratory, which are regularly independently analysed and verified. We do not use any hazardous and prohibited chemicals and we are committed to minimising the usage of all chemicals across our timber operations.

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