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Call for entries: TAF Best Practice Awards 2016

The Trade Association Forum (TAF)’s Best Practice Awards call for entries is now open. 

Applicants can join the competition until Friday 22nd April 2016 at 5pm.

The Trade Association Forum’s Best Practice Awards is the annual event supported by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills that recognises, rewards and promotes best practice amongst Trade Associations and other membership bodies in the UK.

Now in the fourtheenth year, the Awards give TAF members a chance to showcase their hard work and achievements during the last 12 to 18 months.

The Award categories include: - BIS Sector Representation of the Year; - Commercial Initiative of the Year; - Conference of the Year; - Corporate Social Responsibility Award; - Digital Campaign of the Year; - Event of the Year; - Exhibition of the Year; - Magazine of the Year; - Membership Success of the Year; - Publication of the Year; - Social Media Award Website of the Year. The fee for entries is £75 plus VAT.

Special Awards (free of entry) also include: - The Borough IT Outstanding Contribution Award; - The Borough IT Leadership Award; - Trade Association of the Year.

Winners will be announced at the 2016 Best Practice Awards cerimony and Annual Conference to take place at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London on Wednesday, 6th July 2016.

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PEFC UK Annual Stakeholder Day | 5 July 2016 | London

The PEFC UK Annual Stakeholder Day will take place on Tuesday 5 July 2016 at the Society of Chemical Industry in London.

The event will focus on Market Drivers for Certified Products with speakers highlighting the market-based initiatives that are driving demand for certified products, sustainable forest management and the global role PEFC plays in developing certified forests.  

The keynote speaker will be Ignacio Gavilan, Director of Sustainability for the influential global industry group, the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). The CGF brings together more than 400 retailers, manufacturers and service providers, including major brands such as Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, L’Oreal, Nestle, P&G, Tesco and Asda-WalMart. Gavilan leads the CGF’s Sustainability team, which aims to position the consumer goods industry as a leader in protection against climate change and reducing waste. Ignacio will speak on: ‘Zero Net Deforestation by 2020’, and the importance of sourcing pulp, paper and packaging responsibly. CGF recognises the role that forest certification schemes such as PEFC’s can play in providing companies with verification of legality and providing a low risk of controversial sources.

Other speakers include Martyn White of the John Lewis Partnership, who will provide a retail perspective on managing risk and enhancing brand value through responsible sourcing plus Steve Cook of Willmott Dixon, who will highlight what the UK construction sector is doing to ensure the timber it sources comes from well-managed forests. Riikka Joukio of Metsäboard and the WBCSD Forest Solutions Group, will urge the packaging sector and its customers to actively support sustainable forest management certification. PEFC International’s Sarah Price will complete the speaker line up, delivering an update on PEFC’s work to grow certified forests to meet customer demand.  

"More and more companies from SMEs to global brands are keen to demonstrate that the forest products they use come from certified sustainable sources. Consumers are increasingly conscious of the impact of their purchasing decisions and we hope those joining us for this year’s stakeholder event will gain a better understanding of the role market-based initiatives play  in helping to secure a healthy future for the world’s forests", said PEFC UK Chairman Ross Bradshaw.

For more information contact PEFC at [email protected] or visit the website

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AHEC introduces 'Along the line of happiness' event | 11-23 April 2016 | Milan

From 11 to 23 April 2016, during Interni Open Borders, the Porticato Largo Richini at the University of Milan will host 'Along the Lines of Happiness' event.

The initiative, organised by American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), is a unique experiment undertaken by British sculpture Laura Ellen Bacon and British designer Sebastian Cox aimed to "challenge the versatility and properties of some exceptional but underutilised US hardwoods: American soft mable, American cherry and American red oak."

In a live performance, Bacon and Cox will bend, fold and intervwine thin strips of wood to create an installation - 3 metres high and 9 metres long - which will integrate The Invisible Store of Happiness -the project created for Clerkenwell design Week 2015.

In addition to the adaptation of the structure, an “integral part of the installation and of the creative moment will be the workbench that we have studied and designed specifically to show, during the performance, how the wood is processed,” says Bacon.

"This workbench is a fundamental element of the process, as well as a magnificent piece that blends the materials of the whole structure. Inside the bench, we’ve got a tools bag that should be hidden, a steam box, an area to soak the wood, and a space where we can draw both technical drawings and pencil sketches. It is a wonderful world where we give life to our creations.”

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FSC webinars on risk assessment for sourcing controlled wood | 16-17 March 2016

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International has launched a new series of webinars dedicated to risk assessments for material originating from unacceptable sources.

In particular they will focus on revised controlled wood standard FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood. Main topics covered include: - How risk assessments are developed by FSC; - How risk assessments developed by FSC should be used by organizations implementing the revised controlled wood standard; - How organizations can conduct risk assessments for the origin of material when no FSC risk assessment exists for a particular area.

The risk assessments are part of the due diligence system implemented by organizations applying the revised controlled wood standard to avoid material from unsustainably managed sources. They comprise risk assessments developed, and currently being developed, by FSC, as well as risk assessments conducted by other organizations.

The sessions have been scheduled at various times on 16 and 17 March 2016 to accommodate stakeholders in different time zones.

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UN International Day of Forests | 21 March 2016

Monday 21 March is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Forests, an event aimed to promote the importance of forests and trees worldwide.

According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater, while about one-third of the world’s largest cities obtain a significant proportion of their drinking water directly from forested protected areas. Roughly 1.6 billion people, including more than 2000 indigenous cultures, depend on forests for their livelihood

To celebrate the International Day of Forests 2016, the UN is promoting several events all over the world and is spreading its message via social media channels. 

Instruments vary from a promotion video - available here - to a forest quiz – How much do you know about forests and water? Anyone interested can also join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the #IntForestDay hashtag or share the event logo, banner and posters (available in 11 languages).


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