Timber

It is really important to us and our customers that the timber we sell comes from well-managed forests. We believe it's possible to supply the UK repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) market with its timber product requirements without causing deforestation or degradation.

Here is how we are progressing:

   

Being a member of the WWF Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN) makes an important contribution to the continued improvement of the timber product supply sectors . We, in common with all GFTN members, distinguish between credibly certified and source verified products. Here you will find the latest analysis of our performance in this way.

Our efforts to source timber responsibly and being transparent about our policies have also been recognised by WWF with a top score in their 2015 timber score-card.

Timber

Why timber certification matters

By managing our timber and timber products supply chain and buying certified timber we help avoid deforestation and forest degradation.  

 

Managing forests in a responsible way means they will continue to provide us with renewable raw materials that are vital for our society and economy. Avoiding deforestation and degradation further means that forests will:

  • continue to provide shelter and a number of other services to forest-dependent people.
  • conserve unique habitats for plants and animals.
  • help mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide – did you know that the world’s forests and their soils currently store more than one trillion tons of carbon ? (twice the amount found floating free in the atmosphere).
What does timber certification mean?

Timber certification can refer to:

 

  • Forest certification: a third party issues a certificate that verifies an area of forest is well managed according to specific environmental and social standards.
  • Chain of custody certification:  a third party certificate verifies that certified logs are kept segregated from non-certified timber. This means holders who want to sell timber products as certified are required to track all of their logs from certified forests.

FSC is a global, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC certification system is recommended by WWF as the best forestry certification scheme available.