UK timber supplier to help stamp out illegal logging | WWF

UK timber supplier to help stamp out illegal logging



Posted on 16 December 2003
Credible certified forest products, such as this FSC-certified wood, ensure environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of forests.
© WWF / Edward Parker
Godalming, UK - Travis Perkins, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of timber and building materials, has joined WWF-UK's responsible timber network, the WWF 95+ Group.

The builders’ merchant has committed to trading in increasing volumes of credibly and independently certified wood. It will also work to trace all wood products back to forest source. The company has developed an action plan and put supply chain management procedures in place in order to meet these commitments.

"Travis Perkins is a fantastic addition to the WWF 95+ Group," said Rachel Hembery, manager of the WWF 95+ Group. "As part of the construction sector, which accounts for 70 per cent of timber use in the UK, the company has a huge potential to help promote the use of legal timber from responsible sources and stamp out the scourge of illegal logging around the world."

Ian Goldsmith, Travis Perkins’ Group Planning Director, said: "In 2001 the company set challenging targets to increase the percentage of timber products sourced from certified sources. We embarked on this strategy both because it is the ethically right path for a responsible organisation to take, and because feedback from customers has shown that a growing proportion prefer to buy timber sourced from well managed forests.

"Furthermore, government policy is demanding that its own departments must actively seek timber from legal and sustainable sources. As part of our commitment to responsibly managed timber resources, we will continue to increase our range of certified products in the future. We are delighted to be accepted as a member of the WWF 95+ group and I am certain that this will assist us significantly in achieving our targets."

The WWF 95+ Group works with business to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. Its members include WH Smith, Boots, and The Body Shop and other organizations such as manufacturers and local authorities.

For further information:

Sue Windebank
Senior Media Officer, WWF-UK
Tel: +44 1483 412388
E-mail: swindebank@wwf.org.uk

Ian Goldsmith
Group Planning Director, Travis Perkins
Tel: +44 7712 879090 (Mobile)
E-mail: ian.goldsmith@travisperkins.co.uk
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