CMPC's forest heritage consists of over 1,100,000 hectares, which are located in Chile, Brazil, and Argentina and supply raw material to various plants and sawmills.
All of CMPC operations respond to the highest standards of forest management, ensuring a harmonious operation in the economic, social, and environmental fields.
CMPC aims to live in good standing with all the communities with which it is linked, developing various actions within the framework of its good neighbor policy, while promoting educational and cultural programs.
The Company conducts proactive management of plantations, thinning, and harvesting, together with preventive fire control.
The sustainable management of CMPC forestry crops is certified through FSC® and CERTFOR-PEFC™ to guarantee the protection of the native forest and biodiversity. It is thus ensuring that wood for industrial use is obtained exclusively from plantations of controlled origin and entirely traceable from its origin to its final destination.
CMPC, through its forestry area, has made significant advances in research, development, and innovation to increase the productivity and quality of the raw material.
In recent years, different technologies have been incorporated in the stages of the forest cycle, including mechanization in plant production, land, and plantation habilitation, as well as harvesting and forest logistics. The continuous process of modeling, optimization, and automation of operations has improved the cost, productivity, and safety indicators.
The products sold by CMPC are made from Pinus Radiata (D. Don), commonly known as Insignis Pine or Monterey Pine, which is a tree species that belongs to the Pinaceae family (coniferous trees with abundant branches) native to the southwest of the United States.
In Chile, it was introduced in 1888 by the agronomist Arturo Junge Sahr to counteract the phenomenon of soil erosion, caused using fire or tilling for the cultivation of grains, which caused significant loss of vegetation coverage.
In Chile, the most cultivated species is Pinus radiata (58.4%) followed by Eucalyptus Globulus (24.1%) and Eucalyptus Nitens (10.8%)
CMPC has developed a Genetic Improvement Program that aims to contribute to the production process.
The Genetic Improvement Program has used conventional techniques without the use of transgenics, that is, without the transfer of genes from one organism to another but supported by the latest technological advances for early selection and propagation technologies. This has led to the more rapid growth of CMPC's planted species.
Forestal Mininco territorially manages the forest heritage of CMPC in Chile.
To meet the sustainability objectives established by the company, it performs systematic and periodic audits of the forests, verifying that the implemented Environmental and Social Management System operates according to plan.
Forestal Mininco, Forestal Mininco is committed to the following standards and certified management systems, whose implementation is evaluated by different certification houses.
The Forest Management Certification is granted to forest managers or owners whose management practices meet the requirements of the FSC Principles and Criteria or the national FSC standard.
Through this process, the forest owner demonstrates that its forestry operations are socially beneficial and managed in an environmentally responsible and economically viable manner.
Socially beneficial forest management helps local people, as well as society as a whole, to enjoy the benefits of the forest in the long term.
Environmentally responsible forest management ensures that the production of wood, non-timber products, and ecosystem services maintains the biodiversity, productivity, and ecological processes of the forest.
The economically viable management validates that forestry operations are structured and managed in a way that is sufficiently profitable, without generating economic gains at the expense of forest resources, the ecosystem, or the affected communities.
To implement this responsible management, the company or owner must comply with the internationally agreed requirements of good forest management, called FSC® Principles and Criteria..
Certfor is the Chilean Sustainable Forest Management Certification system created to promote the productive management of forests in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner.
The Sustainable Forest Management (MFS) certification gathers the experience of different public and private initiatives, developed in a manner consistent with the national forest reality.