Sustainability


Helves consistently endeavours to preserve the environment and reduce environmental impacts that result from daily activities and operations of the company.

 

We and our supplies recognise that although wood and wood-related products are a renewable material, unsustainable and irresponsible harvesting of forests can have severe adverse effects on the environment, local communities, indigenous forest people and the global economy. Since before the adoption of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) ((EU) No 955/2010), our suppliers have adhered to the Timber Trade Federation’s Responsible Purchasing Policy© (RPP).

 

The policy operates in compliance with the EUTR to ensure that a robust Due Diligence System is implemented, assuring that all imported timber and timber-related products are harvested in line with the applicable legislation of the country of origin.

A birch forest in the Baltic region

 
Our suppliers are a signatory to Chain of Custody Schemes and has respective management systems in place with the aim to monitor compliance with these schemes
 
a) illegal logging or the trade in illegal wood or forest products;
b) violation of traditional and human rights in forestry operations;
c) destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations;
d) significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use;
e) introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations;
f) violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions, as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 1998.
 
Fundamental to the environmental policy are colleagues who are aware of current legislative requirements applicable to waste disposal, energy consumption, vehicular emissions and health and safety and are actively involved in ensuring the company is fully compliant in all areas.

Helves commit to ensuring the company does not stagnate so that it can evolve and continually improve in its approach to crucial environmental matters and develop innovative products with the minimum environmental impact.


Team Helves