Sodefor invited to take an active part in the Congo Basin Conclave organized by the US State Department

Kinshasa, May 2024
The U.S. Department of State, through the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, in partnership with Groupe Utalii Kwetu and Kongo River, organized a Regional Conclave from April 22 to 24, 2024, bringing together stakeholders working to preserve the Congo Basin and support economic opportunities for local communities.

vide: Bassin du Congo

Sodefor and the Ophtalmology Worldwide

Nioki, January 2024
In January 2024, a delegation of 14 professionals (including nurses, doctors and technicians) travelled from Belgium to this village in Mai Ndombe, offering 1231 consultations and 260 surgical operations to patients suffering from eye disorders

vide: OWW

Sodefor à l’Université de Kinshasa

La SODEFOR a été invitée par l’Université de Kinshasa à présenter son expérience en matière de Gestion Durable des Forêts de la RDC afin de contribuer aux cours universitaires d’Aménagement Forestier des étudiants a Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques et Environnement. La SODEFOR s’est mobilisée avec sa Coordonnatrice de la Gestion Durable, son Directeur des études, et la responsable des Clauses Sociales.

vide: à l’Université de Kinsaha

LoCoFoRest (Locally Controlled Forest Restoration)

Le LoCoFoRest (Locally Controlled Forest Restoration) est un programme financé par le gouvernement suédois et mis en œuvre par l’Agence suédoise des forêts (Swedish Forest Agency – SFA) en partenariat avec la Fondation Eco-Innovation et l’Institut International de l’Eau de Stockholm (SIWI).

Dans le cadre de ce programme, l’entreprise SODEFOR a été invitée à représenter le secteur forestier de la RDC et faire part de son expérience en matière de restauration des paysages forestiers.

vide: LoCoFoRest

Gestion Durable de la Faune dans le Paysage d’Yangambi

Au courant du mois de juin 2023 la Sodefor a été invitée par CIFOR-ICRAF (The Center of International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry) à travers le projet FORETS (Forêt, Environnement et Recherche dans la Tshopo) pour participer à l’organisation de l’atelier qui s’est tenu à Kisangani le 13 Juin 2023 sur le campus de la faculté des sciences de l’UNIKIS. L’objectif de cet atelier était de poser les premiers pas vers la création d’un plan de gestion quinquennal de la faune dans le paysage de Yangambi. En effet, la présence d’une population nombreuse dans les alentours, et l’attrait commercial général qui porté sur la faune sauvage comme source de nourriture, sont à l’origine d’une intense activité de chasse ayant un impact important sur la faune.

Vide: TSHOPO : Vers l’élaboration d’un plan de gestion quinquennal de la faune dans le paysage de Yangambi – Kis24info

Sodefor et ERAIFT

Sodefor a signé, depuis janvier 2023 une Convention de Collaboration de 5 ans renouvelables, avec l’École Régionale Post Universitaire d’Aménagement et de Gestion Intégrée des Forêts et Territoires Tropicaux (ERAIFT).

vide: SODEFOR visite l’ERAIFT

Sodefor and WWF

Sodefor and WWF are strengthening their collaboration by extending their joint actions to improve wildlife management and combat poaching through the signing of a Voluntary Declaration of Collaboration on Sustainable Wildlife Management in Forest Concessions and Surrounding Forests in the DRC.

The aim of the actions to be carried out is to consolidate the conservation of protected species in the DRC.

Sodefor has been working with WWF since 2010 on the sustainable management of its forest concessions.


Forest code

The government grants certificates of compliance to seven forest companies

vide: DeskNature

TFT’s Due Diligence Review

Conclusion and recommendations from TFT’s Due Diligence Review Report July 2018

« SODEFOR engaged TFT to complete a third party Due Diligence review of its concessions and operations in January 2018, and this was carried out in June and July 2018. The purpose of our engagement with SODEFOR was to identify key areas for improvement in the Company’s current forest management plans and operations covering environmental and social aspects. On the basis of the findings we were asked to propose alternative approaches and recommendations which, if adopted, would enhance the SODEFOR’s Forest Management operations. »

 Publication précédente: Announcement

Créée en 1994, la Sodefor est une SARL de droit Congolais. Elle a débuté ses activités dans la Province du Bandundu, à 400 km au Nord Est de Kinshasa.

Forescom was a state company, nationalized in 1974 and dissolved in 1990, with an industrial saw unit and a plywood unit in Nioki.

The State made all the concessions (Supply Guarantees) held by Forescom through a memorandum of agreement signed by associates. The surface area of the supply concessions transferred to Sodefor exceeded 1,700,00 Ha.

The troubles that took hold of the country beginning in 1996 prevented logging in a large part of these areas, and even led to the total shut-down of the Nioki industrial unit in 1998/1999. It should be emphasized that despite this shut-down, the company kept the Nioki hospital continuously operational during this period, as well as the entire regional health zone.

In the early 2000s, the State granted the company new forest titles, far removed from war zones, in order to guarantee supply to its Kinshasa factories, which was bought back from Sokinex in 2001 and includes a sawmill for the production of plywood and a peeling line

Today, with its 1,500 employees and two processing units in Nioki and Kinshasa, Sodefor is firmly committed to sustainable management and is a leading company in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For Sodefor, business is synonymous with social and environmental responsibility.

This willingness to do good and contribute to sustainable development is founded on three pillars:

  • The economic pillar, without which the other pillars are not possible, is the guarantee of the company’s profitability and longevity.
  • The social pillar must ensure that the company’s very existence constitutes a benefit for its employees and the riverside communities by contributing to the amelioration of their living conditions.
  • The environmental pillar takes into account the environmental impact of the company’s activities.

Sodefor is therefore guided by the following principles:

  • Following the legal requirements, both national and international, which apply to our activities.
    Respecting land rights as well as rights governing the cultivation and exploitation of land and forest resources.
  • Respecting the legal and traditional rights of the property’s indigenous people with regards to logging and the management of their farm land and resources.
  • Maintaining or improving sustainable social and economic well-being for forest workers and local communities;
  • Promoting the efficient processing of many forestry products and services with the goal of ensuring their economic profitability and generating a large number of environmental and social benefits;
  • Preserving biological diversity and its associated values, as well as preserving unique and fragile water resources, grounds, ecosystems, and landscapes, in order to maintain the forest’s ecological functions and its integrity;
  • Developing management plans for each of the concessions (all of SODEFOR’s concessions will have a management plan before the end of 2019. Several management plans have already been created and submitted for the approval of the minister, others will follow before the end of 2018).
  • Continuously evaluating the state of the forest, the production of forestry resources, the traceability chain, and management activities, as well as social and environmental impacts;
  • Identifying forests with high conservation values and taking precautions in order to guarantee their conservation of the improvement of the attributes that define such forests.


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