We care about the environment, and that’s why we’re proud manufacturers of sustainable furniture. We source our wood from the sustainable plantations of Perum Perhutani on the Island of Java.
There are rigorous controls on the age, size, and number of trees felled from each plantation, each year. Everything is overseen by the Indonesian government to ensure these trees are protected. This means that no healthy tree too immature, or too small is removed from a forest. The wood we use is therefore referred to as Indonesian Legal Wood.
As a responsible steward of natural resources, we design core elements of our business to protect the natural environment. This includes our commitment to lean manufacturing, responsible sourcing and distribution, reduction of material waste and emissions, and environmentally-conscious product development.
Production forests on Java have evolved into intensively and strictly managed plantations. Management of these lands (4.9 million acres of plantations in 54 forest management districts) is undertaken directly by the state, through the State Forestry Corporation (SFC), Perum Perhutani. These sustainable plantations are owned and managed by the government who have a strict policy regarding the age, size, and a number of trees felled each year, together with a comprehensive, sustainable replanting program. They assure the legality and sustainability of their timber through SVLK certification.
SVLK is a certification system that assures that all processes of harvesting, transportation, processing, and selling of timber products come from sustainably managed forests and plantations. The Indonesian Timber Legality Assurance System (Indo-Tlas)/ System Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu (SVLK) is based on a certification approach as “operator-based licensing.” To obtain the “V-Legal” documents & SVLK certification, Mategamia is audited and inspected every year regarding the legality of the operations and process by a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB). Each log purchased is numerated and should have documents regarding its origin. The results of its cutting are also registered and numerated so that there should be no hidden practices of adding wood that has been illegally purchased. At the same time, each plantation and forestry concession is audited and inspected to assure that all wood is harvested under conditions of sustainability.
All our products are made of FLEGT-licensed timber from Indonesia. The legality of the timber in our products is assured through Indonesia national timber legality assurance system (SVLK) and FLEGT licensing scheme. FLEGT-licensed timber is considered to comply with the EU Timber Regulation fully.
FLEGT stands for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade. The EU FLEGT Action Plan of 2003 is the EU response to the international challenge of illegal logging. The FLEGT licensing scheme is the process whereby Indonesia issues FLEGT licenses to shipments of verified legal timber destined for export to the EU, and the recognition of FLEGT licenses through border controls in the EU Member States. The FLEGT license confirms that the timber covered by that license has been harvested, imported, processed, and traded according to the relevant laws of Indonesia. Timber accompanied by a FLEGT license is accepted as legal under the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). For more information, visit the FLEGT website.