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Management Approach

Biodiversity and ecosystem services

To manage the environmental aspects of its activity, CORTICEIRA AMORIM formalised an Environmental Policy, where it bears responsibility for:

  • Acting proactively identifying, evaluating and taking suitable preventive measures to minimise the specific environmental impact of its activity, using, whenever feasible, the best available technology;
  • Promoting awareness and environmental training initiatives;
  • Acting proactively in the discussion of policies and the proposal of measures to protect the cork oak, the preservation of the cork oak forest, the promotion of the cork sector, the certification of forest management systems and the remuneration of environmental services in the cork oak forest.

To achieve the commitments undertaken in the Environmental Policy, CORTICEIRA AMORIM's various Business Units (BU) have adopted certification in different management systems (see table).

CORTICEIRA AMORIM promotes biodiversity and ecosystem services through sustainable forest management

 With the transformation of cork as the basis of its business, CORTICEIRA AMORIM recognises the sustainable management of forests as a strategic priority. In this context it has:

  • Promoted FSC certification, raising the awareness of forest producers to the usefulness of these principles and criteria for responsible forest management, while at the same time it has been the first company in the cork industry to hold FSC Chain-of-Custody certificates;
  • Raised the awareness of forest owners regarding the preservation of cork oak forests and the adoption of good practices that improve the fundamental services that the ecosystems provide to the entire population, whether in terms of carbon fixing, soil formation, water cycle regulation or the protection of biodiversity, encouraging good forest management practices;
  • Joined platforms which aim to encourage the responsible consumption of forest products and prevent further degradation of the world's forests, such as the Forest & Trade Iberian Network (GFTN), of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
  • Joined the European Business & Biodiversity Initiative, having signed an innovative agreement which brought together the world leader in the cork industry, Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (Quercus and the WWF) and Government entities (ICNB and AFN), with a view to the "Sustainability of Cork Oak Forests and Associated Biodiversity";
  • Promoted a pioneering study with a view to characterising and assessing the services of the ecosystem of the cork oak forest.