The culture of responsible development

Joubert is perpetuating the long tradition of attention and respect paid to trees.
It only uses wood from sustainably managed forests.

The Joubert Group has been committed to its forestry partners for many years, and endeavours to create value for producer countries and local communities. In this way it fights the illegal exploitation of wood.

For the Joubert Group humans and the future go together. With its partners and its staff it is turning towards new markets, developing the products of tomorrow designed to respect the resources and values that have always been close to its heart.

All Joubert plywood has a history and a future rooted in the heart of the forest. That’s where Joubert has, for a very long time, being participating in sustainable management…

For a renewable and 100% legal timber resource

CIFOR - Center for International Forestry Research

In the forest of the congo basin where the Okoume grows

The Joubert Group has, for a long time, being committed to conserving biodiversity and the wood of the future. Its partnership with CGB in Gabon, a forestry concession under sustainable land management, involves 568,000 hectares of FSC®-certified forests being sustainably managed.

Protecting the primary forest, the earth and the water

It is a life-size inventory of resources, of the fauna and ecosystems present, which must be meticulously mapped before any exploitation.

Daily work involves listing more than 400,000 trees one by one, referencing 300 tree species and tracing more than 2000 km of pathways. Not forgetting the passage points and habitats of animals, respect for biodiversity and taking into account local common law.

Preserving natural growth

To allow the forest to live, removal is limited to 1 tree/hectare. For 25 years any human presence is prohibited on the exploited area. In this way the exploitation rules have a reduced impact, limiting pressure on the environment and facilitating natural regeneration.

Prior marking of trees ensures the strictest traceability for 100% legal wood, as well as preservation of future trees and the traditional living environment for the populations.

Participating in local life

FSC® certification guarantees particular attention being paid to improvement in the living conditions of forestry workers and their families: housing, drinking water, electricity, health, education and food. It provides permanent dialogue with local communities.

From the forest to the peeled veneer factory in Port Gentil, the Joubert Group supports the work and training of about 1000 people. Its investment participates in the creation of value for the local economy and the producer country.

Social impacts of the Forest Stewardship Council certification: an assessment in the Congo Basin

CIFOR Publication: Download the Executive Summary

In france in the poplar plantations of the south-west france basin

The Joubert Group poplar supplies come from French forests which are PEFC-certified and managed sustainably. In this way the Group promotes a short circuit for its poplar plywood panels, which are also made in France. It is a signatory of the “Merci le peuplier” (Thank you poplar) Charter and provides financial support for the poplar farmers of South-West France to ensure the continued existence of the entire poplar sector.

With a responsible manufacturing process

The Joubert Group ensures that each of its industrial sites reduces the impact of its activities by optimising the raw material, recovery of more than 95% of the timber waste and independence of its factories in non-fossil heat energy.

The processes used for the manufacture of its plywood makes it possible to have high technical and environmental quality Okoume and Poplar panels.

High environmental quality

Joubert Plywood Okoume and Poplar plywood panels meet the highest health requirements.

They have A+ labelling and are US EPA TSCA TITLE VI CARB ULEF certified guaranteeing that the panels have very low formaldehyde (less than 0.04 ppm US) and VOC contents, close to those of natural wood.

They have also obtained the NAUF (No Added Urea Formaldehyde) label because they do not use Urea Formol resin for interior gluing, but a phenolic resin.

They are recognised by the LEED® certification, an international mark of excellence for high performance durable buildings, which is recognised in 132 countries.

On eco-efficient, 100% recyclable material

Joubert Plywood is produced in the context of a circular economy and is today counted amongst the most energy-saving and efficient materials for constructing a sustainable town or city.

When it is in full growth wood absorbs the carbon dioxide (CO2) contained in the biomass and stores it for the rest of its life. It is also energy-efficient as a building and fitting out material. This is a protection for the environment due to these savings. Joubert plywood thus participates in the reduction of our carbon footprint and helps fight global warming.

Joubert Plywood falls within a sustainable development model between Africa and France. As far as poplar is concerned the Group is involved in the circular economy and short circuits. Its action upstream of the network, and particularly on the support and conduct of poplar plantations in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, reinforces the sustainable management of the forest.