Social Responsibility

Forests make significant contributions to modern society through the broad range of ecosystem services they deliver. These ecosystem services range from the tangible and tradable products and  services such as timber to public goods such as recreation, biodiversity enhancement, nature conservation and landscape enhancement. Carbon sequestration – an important element in ameliorating climate change is also an ecosystem service delivered by forests in Coillte’s ownership.

Tangible products and services

An independent study on the socio-economic contribution of forestry in Ireland, which was published by COFORD  (the National Council for Forest Research and Development) in 2006 showed the total value to the Irish economy of the three wood products sub-sectors to be €1.6 billion in 2003.

Public Goods

Forests in Ireland deliver a broad range of public goods ranging from recreation opportunities to biodiversity enhancement. Public goods - goods and services that fall outside normal trading mechanisms - have real and measurable economic values and over the last number of years Coillte has set about measuring the value of these important services.  Coillte, in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council, commissioned a study on the value of forest recreation and trails. This study placed the public good value of forest recreation at  €97 million per annum with a further €270 million of economic activity being generated annually in rural communities as a result of visits to forest recreation areas and trails.

Coillte Forest is currently working on a project to evaluate the public goods value of the contribution that Irish forests make to landscape and biodiversity enhancement.

Advertising and Procurement

Coillte adheres to the Irish Advertising Code, which is based on the principles established by the International Chamber of Commerce, which require that all marketing communications should be legal, decent, honest and truthful and should be prepared with a sense of responsibility to consumers and society and should respect the principles of fair competition generally accepted in business. There have been no incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship by type of outcomes.

Coillte, as a commercial semi-state company, is obliged to conduct the purchase of goods and services in accordance with procurement rules and regulations, as set out in:

  • The Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2002)
  • The Public Procurement Guidelines (2004)
  • European Union Directives 200418/EC


In Medite, the following labelling requirements apply to all products:

  • Care; CE marking: product identification; bar codes.
  • Commercial documents – as per labelling.

In SmartPly, all products are subject to board labelling requirements; packaging labelling, installation instructions, MSDS, brochures.