“Finding the highest possible level of environmental, social and economic sustainability is how we keep the forest intact, and thereby secure the supply of wood material for our future generations.”
– Rasmus Grønborg Bak, CEO
We are happy to represent a sector where sustainability is at the core of our work.
So what does “sustainable forestry” actually mean?
At DSHwood, sustainability has three legs: social, environmental and economic sustainability.
On a global scale, sustainable use of our forests is still not a reality. Each year we lose 32 million acres (13 million hectares), 26 times the size of the Grand Canyon, or 60 acres per minute. To regenerate the resources we are already consuming, we would need 1½ Earths; and our demand is still growing. No matter how you slice it, the math just does not add up. Our current consumption levels cannot be sustained if we continue like this.
How can logging then be sustainable when, by definition, it requires trees to be cut down? The complete answer is complex, but if we had to reduce it to one word, it would be “balance.” The hallmark of sustainable forestry, from a purely ecological perspective, is the extent to which forestry practices mimic natural patterns of disturbance and regeneration. Sustainable forestry balances the needs of the environment, wildlife, and forest communities — supporting decent incomes while conserving our forests for future generations.
There are many practical steps that a community or business can take to protect the health and longevity of a forest while still profiting from the production and sale of timber.
And this is exactly how we work at DSHwood. We supply to a variety of markets with logs and timber responsibly sourced and certified for sustainability, achieving up to 14 (out of 17) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with ensurance of full traceability. We have rigorous demands for legal sourcing in our supply chains and forest operations in compliance with EUTR and UKTR requirements.
DSHwood is Chain of Custody certified in accordance with FSC® and PEFC™.
DSHwood is able to document the origin of all wood traded in the company. DSHwood A/S is an SBP Certificate Holder and the majority of our biomass comes with an SBP claim and is accompanied by verified energy data for DSHwood handling in the supply chain, which allows carbon emission calculations to be made.