IWC works toward securing the sustainability of its clients’ timberland investments many of which have sustainability certification.
IWC is a signatory of the UNPRI, a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and participates in Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC’s) stakeholder consultation forum.
Forest certification provides a proof of quality that products come from well managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Certification by timberland owners can be obtained to demonstrate that forests are responsibly managed.
IWC views the benefits of sustainability certification as:
Providing evidence of being a responsible citizen
Enhanced transparency and risk management
Accessing higher timber prices, broader and more diversified markets
Allowing for more attractive asset valuation at exit and potential for higher returns
IWC has a refined approach to sustainability in timberland investments, and our investment process aims to mitigate sustainability risks. A commitment to sustainably managed investments is important not only to secure management of media headline risk for clients, but also for asset specific risk management and improvement of underlying assets during the holding period.
The ability of the managers IWC works with to initiate and manage investments in a sustainable manner is assessed during the due diligence process and monitored during the life of the investment.