05.10.2021. FSC-certified (FSC® C022952) hardwood from Africa delivers so many benefits that it is quite hard to think of a comparably ‘generous’ construction or building material. In several Central African countries, forestry is already the first or second largest employment sector.
FSC certification adds other benefits: competitive salary, on the spot professional training, health insurance, access to a company-run medical centre with qualified personnel, access to electricity and clean, drinking water, access to safe vaccines and medical equipment, access to educational facilities, free access to a 9’000 book library, free access to IT courses and free English language courses right in the heart of the forest, respect of indigenous peoples’ rights and hundreds of consultations per year…
At the same time as it protects forests and wildlife, SUSTAINABLE HARDWOOD MADE IN AFRICA drives employment, fostering social equity for thousands of forest inhabitants in one of the most landlocked areas of the Republic of Congo. Interholco is constantly investing in new, modern equipment with the aim of improving the material yield of each tree harvested in order to minimize ecological waste but also add more value locally, at the same time as developing the skills of its employees.
Nowadays, companies are increasingly scrutinized against Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) indicators. Targeting 100 wood and pulp and paper companies from the three tropical basins, the SPOTT assessment led by conservation NGO ZSL (Zoological Society of London) is currently the sector’s most comprehensive. Social considerations add up to environmental and governance factors based on company disclosures. INTERHOLCO leads the SPOTT assessment for the fifth year in a row, thus contributing to a culture of transparency for wood ‘Made in Africa’.
INTERHOLCO offers Sustainable Hardwood 'Made in Africa' as a responsible solution to promote better living conditions (construction with wood), reduce climate change, and increase social justice. As FSC-certified producer specialized in producing and trading logs, sawn timber, glued laminated scantlings and other products, INTERHOLCO manages the entire chain, from forest to customers since 1962. Harvesting wood selectively, INTERHOLCO protects 1.1 million hectares of natural forest from permanent conversion to agricultural land, giving 16’000 local inhabitants access to quality basic services and keeping the habitat of thousands of gorillas and elephants.
Communications contact INTERHOLCO
Tullia Baldassarri Höger von Högersthal
INTERHOLCO AG, Neuhofstr. 25, 6340 Baar, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 (0)41 767 03 82