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TTF launches member survey to help improve its due diligence process

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has launched a member and stakeholder survey on the Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP), its due diligence framework, to improve aide compliance with legality and sustainability matters

The online survey, accessible here until Friday 8 April 2016, is part of the TTF’s Strategic Development review of its RPP, aiming to improve the industry benchmark for legal and sustainable sourcing.

The RPP has been in existence for over 10 years, providing members of the Federation with a solid foundation on which to build their compliance processes. TTF members are required to have in place a system of due diligence covering all timber purchases within their businesses. The key requirement of such a policy is to implement detailed due diligence on the species, country of origin and supply chains from which they source their products and to report to the TTF annually on certain criteria

The TTF provides its members with a framework of due diligence and a set of tools that allow them to focus their resources on products and suppliers where there is a higher risk of illegal timber entering their supply chains. It complements existing risk management already in place, such as product certification and provides further assurance that organisations have robust and systematic risk management measures in place.

Dave Hopkins, Managing Director of the TTF said: “The RPP is central to TTF values, membership and reputation. Yet, the market for responsible sourcing has changed dramatically since its start. We need to make sure that we are changing with that market. This review will allow us to assess the current system, compare it against the needs of our customers and develop it accordingly. We want to ensure that the market knows it can trust a TTF member.”

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/ttf-launches-member-survey-help-improve-its-due-diligence-process]

Confor highlights benefits of sustainably managed forests in a short film

'Animating Forestry'

Confor has released a new short animated film demonstrating the link between tree planting and the wood products we take for granted in our lives.

The video underlines opportunities and benefits of sustainably-managed forests both for the economy and the environment.

"Next time you pick up a product made of wood, stop and consider where it comes from", that is Confor's key message to consumers.

Watch Confor's 'Our forests, our people' video here.

European Forest Industries welcome UN International Day of Forests

The European forest owners, managers, forest industry and professionals - represented by CEPF, Copa-Cogeca, ELO, EUSTAFOR, CEI-Bois, CEPI, FECOF, UEF and USSE - have welcomed the International Day of Forests established by the UN General Assembly for today 21 March.

According to the representatives of the European forest sector, EU needs to better communicate the strong link between forests and water: "Forests have a close relationship to our water resources and sustainable forest management is of crucial importance for ensuring a multitude of water-related benefits."

The above-mentioned forest industry organisations also highlight how European forests enable access to this vital resource: "Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world’s accessible fresh water for domestic, agricultural, industrial and ecological needs. Forests influence the amount of available water and regulate surface and groundwater flows while maintaining highest water quality. Forests reduce the effects of floodings, and prevent and reduce dryland salinity and desertification. Forests act as natural water filters, minimizing soil erosion on site and reduce sediment in water bodies."

Another key point to underline is the impact that climate change has on water and the role of forests. "Climate change is one of the major challenges facing today’s society. The impacts of climate change are an imminent threat to water security, and forests themselves are vulnerable to climate change. An increased frequency of extreme weather events has an impact on both forests and water, and may result in more catastrophic events like landslides, floods and droughts", the representatives of the European forest sector write.

"Europe’s forest sector is at the forefront of combatting climate change by contributing to both climate change mitigation and adaptation. Active forest management is crucial to enhance forests adaptive capacity, making them more resilient to meet a changing climate and maintaining the vital water-related services provided by forests."

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/european-forest-industries-welcome-international-day-forests

PEFC announces upcoming Chain of Custody Training schedule

PEFC has announced the dates of its Chain of Custody training.

The training programs include: Individual auditor training webinars (online only) - to take place on 10 May 2016 and 6-7 July 2016 - and a PEFC Training Recognition Program (TRP) to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 24-25 May 2016.

The sessions provide companies, certification bodies, auditors and accreditation bodies with Chain of Custody Training to ensure they are updated on changes to the standard and on interpretation and explanation of specific requirements.

This enables them to consistently apply the chain of custody requirements in daily practice, and allows PEFC to exchange experiences and receive valuable feedback on the implementation of the standard.

For more information and reservation click here or or email [email protected].

BMF joins with WWF to promote responsible timber trade across merchant supply chain

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will work with WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network in the UK (GFTN-UK) to promote responsible forest trade throughout the merchant supply chain.

Julia Young and John Newcomb at the Living Planet CentreGFTN-UK will share its expertise with BMF members, helping them to exercise due diligence on their supply chains for forest goods. The conservation organisation provides a framework that enables companies to identify and move away from materials coming from unknown or unacceptable sources, towards products from credibly certified forests or recycled sources.

BMF MD, John Newcomb said: “Timber is a core product category for general builders merchants, second only in importance to heavyside materials such as bricks and blocks, and we will be working with GFTN-UK to encourage merchants to consider environmental and sustainability issues as part of their purchasing policy.”

"Responsible purchasing is one of the BMF’s key goals for the industry.  Many merchants already consider sustainability as a matter of course, but we have a responsibility to encourage every one of them to do so.  GFTN-UK can help them ask the right questions to find out where their products are coming from, so they will know if they are sourcing from sustainable forests", Mr Newcomb added.

Julia Young, Manager at GFTN-UK, commented: “We’re excited to be collaborating with the BMF to create a thriving, mainstream market for environmentally and responsible forest products within the building industry. It’s great to see their appetite to get involved and, with the BMF working as an Associate within our programme, we’ll have a new platform to assist their member companies to get to grips with this important issue.”

Remarkably, GFTN-UK will also host the next BMF Timber Forum to take place on Tuesday 10th May at its HQ and visitor centre, the Living Planet building in Woking, Surrey.

[In the picture: Julia Young and John Newcomb at the Living Planet Centre]

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