Timber and Timber Products
Timber purchased (£)
FSC®: Forest Stewardship Council
OCS: Other certified schemes
2005 data excludes Wickes timber
We estimate the Group purchased 90% by value of timber and timber-fibre products in 2012 from supply chains that started in certified well managed or controlled forests. Changes agreed in 2012 will be implemented across 2013 and will increase this level to 95% by 2014.
In the early part of 2013 we increased the formality of our risk assessment and due diligence processes in order to be compliant with the EU Timber Regulations. The TP Group is both an Operator and a Trader of timber and timber products. Our approach, for some time, has been risk assess by country of timber origin, timber species and certification status before we enter into an agreement to buy and then to follow this up by checks throughout the contract period.
For us, the EUTR means that we will only import credibly certified product from outside the EU and only after we are satisfied that the timber and timber products have been legally sourced. To this end we have established our own information, risk assessment and risk mitigation procedures to comply with the due diligence requirements of the EUTR.
We are open to working with all organisations that can provide intelligence to inform our purchasing decisions. We have been a member of the WWF Global Forest and Trade Network since 2003. Part of our membership commitment is to publish how we are doing against their responsibility categories. Download this disclosure.
We recognise that there are environmental impacts associated with the supply of all the products we resell.
We continue to scrutinise our supply chain for environmental risk and require our partners to make a commitment to environmental management. Our figures suggest that approximately 66% of value of the products our merchant division distributes come from supply chains which are regarded as responsible by a BREEAM assessment, helping our customers meet higher building codes.
Taking virgin material out of a product without reducing its performance is a great way of acting responsibly. This is already going on across our supply chain. We intent to publish a single resource efficiency target before the end of 2013.
In 2012 we continued to source products with a high recycled content. Check out the SBS website for more examples and work with out suppliers to reduce packaging on products. Wickes achieved the 15% packaging reduction target under the WRAP Home Improvement Sector Commitment and we continue to talk closely to WRAP about any successor agreements.
Supply Chain Carbon Footprint
Since we believe we have influence over our extended supply chain; we have attempted to identify the level of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from the cradle to gate lifecycle of the building materials which we sell as well as products and services which we consume in carrying out our activities.
We are working with Carbon River to carry out the analysis using CEDA mapping to efficiently and affordably allocate an inital carbon footprint to our spend with each of our suppliers and across our product categories.
Our analysis of 2011 expenditure suggests that our supply chain carbon footprint is circa 6.5 million tonnes.
We are currently working on refining the model and the categorisation of inputs to allow for greater disaggregation both across the Group and between product categories so that we can start to understand priority areas where carbon and energy intensity is greatest within our supply chain.
We continue to work with WRAP on home improvement product resource efficiency.