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We’re committed to sustainable and responsible forestry.

We’re 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. 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, reserved for the communities and as protected areas. In the harvestable areas, we’re 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 defined 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 & Management 

Due to the permanent semi-humid climate, the risk of fire in Congo's forests is low. However some forests in proximity to savannahs may pose a potential risk.  As part of our forest management plans (last reviewed in May 2020), we’ve put in place a fire response and management procedure  to prevent and respond to fire hazards in industrial sites. 

Through our continued engagement, we’re raising awareness of fire-risks, and we monitor for incidents of fire with the local communities, which in some instances means the burning for land preparation for subsistence agriculture.

Water, Chemical & Waste Management

Our sustainable management approach includes protecting and managing water quality. Our wastewater 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 don’t use any hazardous and prohibited chemicals, and we’re committed to minimising the usage of all chemicals across our timber operations.

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