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Delivering to global standards

In order to process wood, carefully extracting the natural wonder that is present in a tropical forest is not enough. Respect of law and regulation, compliance with legality and trade standards are key.

The trust in our brand allows us to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Watch the video to see the role forests play!

Interholco’s contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

 
 

Interholco pays fair, competitive wages to employees well above the standard entry level in the Republic of Congo, contributing to local development and growth.

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Interholco protects the natural tropical forest, its inhabitants and wildlife from irreversible impact, as demonstrated by the highest certification standards worldwide.

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In the Republic of Congo, Interholco provides access to food security to 16’000 forest inhabitants in 83 villages, including local communities and indigenous peoples.

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Interholco invests in equal opportunities for all, granting indigenous pupils access to education and meals. Computer courses and a collection of 9’000 books are available to all pupils in its library.

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Interholco guarantees access to health care, vaccines and HIV-treatment to its employees and their families in an ad-hoc medical centre.

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Interholco ensures that water use for its forest management activities is efficient, providing equitable access to clean, drinkable water to its employees, their families and communities.

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Interholco is an inclusive business, opening up career opportunities that go beyond ‘traditional’ roles and ensuring participation of local and indigenous peoples, men and women, in decision-making processes.

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Interholco works to improve access to modern energy services such as electricity for its employees, their families and communities in the Republic of Congo.

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Interholco improves connectivity and access to infrastructure for 16’000 forest inhabitants living in isolated rural areas.

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Interholco works with countries and a number of partners to boost local production, create employment and ensure market access to natural resources that are sustainably produced.

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Interholco provides cities worldwide with quality wood products that are natural, healthy and renewable, increasing urban resilience.

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Interholco only harvests 0.5 trees per hectare only once every 30 years, which considerably reduces greenhouse gas emissions and allows forest regeneration, with minimal impact on soil and water.

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Interholco’s forest management is careful not to pollute natural water in rivers, coastal areas and seas.

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Interholco invests in a sustainable business that creates job opportunities and fosters economic growth on the local level.

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Interholco does not only protect the tropical forest allowing it to regulate the climate, but produces durable wood that continues to stock carbon throughout its life as a product.

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Interholco knows that forest protection is also about involving the local and indigenous communities and that participatory approaches and giving people the means to take charge of their lives contributes to peace.

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Interholco participates in international fora and carries out joint projects, calling out to the international community to sustain the efforts of responsible private sector players.

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Visits at our local medical facility in the Republic of Congo
Volumes in our library, plus a school for indigenous children
Local employees
and their families
and communities
Forest hectares
under strict
conservation

Our due diligence in procuring legal timber

Since 2006, we have put in place a legality verification system for our wood products. The system comprises a due diligence process to audit the legality of procurement sources and progressively increase the volume of 3rd party legality verified timber sources, adding physical, on-the-ground audits of our suppliers - desktop research alone is not sufficient.

Our legality protection certificates

Our legal documentation and procedures

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