Caisse des Dépôts, which owns 50,000 hectares of forests, adheres to a sustainable forestry management charter. This charter commits the company to maintaining all its assets (which are estimated at around €220 million) according to responsible criteria aimed at safeguarding their quality.
Sustainable management of the portfolio implies compliance with certain rules, such as:
• demanding that the annual volume of trees felled is lower than tree growth;
• protecting waterways during harvests;
• ensuring the safety of forestry workers.
Société Forestière, the Group’s specialised subsidiary, manages forests on behalf of institutional and retail investors, and assists these customers with their forestry investment projects. It primarily operates the Caisse des Dépôts’ forestry assets, which requires the manager to have its sustainable management method certified by the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification).
Caisse des Dépôts also contributes to industry discussions on the future of forests in France, alongside institutional and private owners, notably on how to improve climate resilience and industry efficiency.