Forest Management

Sustainable forest planning and management that support forest productivity, disease and pest control, maintenance of biodiversity, environmental preservation, and the provision of ecosystem services – creating a virtuous cycle.

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  • Total area certified, by type of certification

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    • wdt_ID Total area certified, in hectares, by type of certification¹ 2019 2020
      1 FSC®² and PEFC/Cerflor 1,636,031.35 1,632,182.26
    1. To calculate the percentage of the total area certified, the following are exclusively considered: planting areas, areas of native vegetation set aside for conservation, and areas intended for other uses under Suzano's management. It does not consider areas passed on to investment funds and areas that, in supply planning, are not considered for supplying the industrial units (such as the areas located in the state of Piauí and in Urbano Santos). 2. License Codes: Forest Management BA - FSC-C155943; Forest Management ES - FSC-C110130; Forest Management MS - FSC-C100704; Forest Management MA - FSC-C118283; Forest Management SP - FSC-C009927; Chain of Custody - Units in Brazil - FSC-C010014; Chain of Custody - Europe, America, China, and Switzerland - FSC-C012430; Chain of Custody - Distribution Center in Brazil and Argentina - FSC-C003231.

    Additional information:

    Suzano has a Forest Management Plan in place for each region where it operates. This plan concentrates all the information, documents, reports, records, and maps that describe, justify, and regulate activities to be performed by any manager, team or organization, whether or not they are related to the management unit, including the social and environmental programs and statements of objectives and policies.

    For non-certified areas, Suzano has a Verification Program in place (due diligence) based on the Controlled Wood standard, FSC-STD-40-005, ensuring that these areas:


    • comply with all applicable legislation, respecting the right to property, possession, and peaceful use of land,
    • do not compromise high conservation value areas
    • respect human rights
    • respect the rights of indigenous peoples and traditional communities
    • guarantee workers’ rights, including topics related to health and safety and following the Fundamental Principles of the International Labor Organization (ILO), and
    • that no native areas are converted into commercial timber plantations


    Controlled wood is evaluated annually through audits, and the forest management practices implemented in these areas (non-certified) are equivalent to the practices adopted in certified forest areas. Both undergo a forest inventory assessment, monitoring and control of forest pests and diseases, and adopt management practices that seek to minimize impacts on biodiversity (such as ecological restoration, protection of springs and rivers, and biodiversity and hydrological monitoring).

    Our teams are focused on forming productive and sustainable forests, always following the best practices available in the areas of forestry, harvesting, and logistics as well as the quality and safety standards required by the company.

    We are authorized by CTNBio (National Biosafety Commission – Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communications) to develop research with transgenic eucalyptus, both in the laboratory and in the field. It is worth pointing out that we do not commercially use forests planted with genetically modified eucalyptus. Our research is conducted solely to learn about and assess the potential of this technology and the possible associated risks. This research is conducted in areas that are not included in the scope of forestry certifications.

    Chemical products are transported and stored in accordance with current Brazilian legislation and in compliance with FSC and CERFLOR standards, and we have a participatory relationship with traditional and indigenous communities in order to promote the autonomy of these regions.

    Due to COVID-19, the external audits in 2020 were conducted remotely in Espírito Santo and Maranhão, and in a hybrid manner in São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul. The audit process at the Bahia Unit was moved to 2021. No new areas were included in the scope of certification.

    In 2020, the company maintained forest management certifications in all forest units.