Benefits for Timber Manufacturers & Processors | WWF

Benefits for Timber Manufacturers & Processors

Forest product manufacturers and processors who depend on reliable sources of wood and public acceptance of their products have a lot to gain from joining the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN).

Participation provides a wealth of benefits, including:

  • Access to dependable sources of responsibly grown and harvested timber that is credibly certified or in the process of receiving credible certification
  • Assistance with procurement and purchasing policies
  • On-site technical assistance throughout the process leading to independent and credible certification
  • Improved ability to communicate with environmentally conscious consumers
  • Better understanding of retail markets and the importance of responsible sources, which can facilitate introductions to new markets, customers, and business partners
  • Strengthened links with existing markets and like-minded businesses
  • Increased potential for positive media coverage
  • Improved relations with NGOs, local forest users, and others
  • Reduced business risks
  • Tools and frameworks for better risk management
  • Information and assurance to investors, employees, regulators, and others
  • Improved levels of legal compliance
  • Access to affordable, long-term financing (subject to local availability)