Social and environmental sustainability underlie all our timberland investments. We see timberland investment as an ethically and socially responsible activity in itself contributing to sustainable development while generating profits to investors. We are committed to an investment philosophy that integrates rigorous timberland investment analysis with creation of innovative ways to enhance returns also from forest-based environmental services, such as carbon, biodiversity and landscape conservation. We put great emphasis on SRI/ESG issues.
We have adopted a comprehensive Forest Investment Policy, which incorporates ESG-related principles as well as forest-specific environmental and social policies and guidelines. All investments are made in accordance with the Equator Principles and the EC’s and IFC’s environmental and social safeguard principles. Dasos Team has long experience in social and environmental aspects of forest management in various environments in addition to a broad technical know-how crucial in ensuring highly productive forestry combined with enhancement of societal development objectives.
We have a policy of investing only in forests that are certified or are certifiable to demonstrate that the forest management in the invested asset is economically viable, socially acceptable and ecologically sound. The certification of forest assets adds value to the timberland asset, improves market access, demonstrates sustainability through independent annual audits, and mitigates social, environmental and governance related risks. Certification also provides the platform and framework for planning, implementing and monitoring sustainable forest management at a portfolio company (investment) level.
We are open to all accredited certification systems, including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC®).
The key principles of the internationally endorsed forest certification schemes are integrated into our environmental policy and implementation guidelines.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) / Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
We put great emphasis on SDG/ESG issues. We have adopted a comprehensive Forest Investment Policy, which incorporates ESG-related principles and forest-sector specific environmental and social policies and guidelines. All our investments are made in accordance with the Equator Principles and we have also adopted key EC’s and IFC’s environmental and social safeguard principles. SDG reporting is an integral part of our sustainability strategy. Our SDG reporting framework focuses on certain economic and environmental indicators, based on materiality assessment. Our policy is to communicate openly about the environmental and social impacts of our operations.