Practical Information for Buyers of Timber Products
The GFTN’s interactive Guide to Legal and Responsible Sourcing combines the wisdom previously contained in GFTN’s resources on legality and responsible procurement into a single, more in-depth resource to help companies navigate the complex and fast-changing regulatory and legislative landscape governing trade in timber and timber products. Only a click away, this online resource is a vital and indispensable tool to anyone who purchases forest products, including processors, importers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.
Features of this interactive tool include:
- Comprehensive and integrated advice from GFTN’s Guide to Responsible Purchasing of Forest Products and Keep It Legal manual
- Never before published set of national indicators and verifiersfor legality—GFTN’s Common Legality Framework—which is comprised of several broad principles of legality, each supported by individual criteria and indicators linking the principle to existing legislation
- New guidance on addressing legality in major timber producing and exporting countries—with a particular focus on developing countries with high biodiversity forests where illegal logging and trade are known to be a significant concern
- Ability to print and bookmark specific sections of interest and search a number of key terms, enabling the user to both easily access the overall concepts and drill deeper on specific issues
- Instant access other online resources, offering a greater depth to the understanding of aspects of responsible purchasing of forest products
Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification
The next step after implementing a responsible purchasing policy and eliminating illegal timber is to obtain a third-party verified CoC certification. A CoC certification is a guarantee that the timber / timber products originate from a legal and well managed certified forests. Learn more about CoC certification.
The Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN)
The GFTN, a WWF's initiative that aims to support forest certification and responsible wood sourcing can help companies in developing a responsible purchasing policy and obtaining a CoC certification.
Benefits for timber buyers joining the GFTN:
- Assistance with the development and implementation of procurement policies
- Assistance in linking to responsible and credibly certified producers/suppliers
- Information on non-traditional or lesser known wood species and sources
- Assistance in their efforts to encourage existing suppliers to pursue credible and comprehensive certification.
Learn more about GFTN and how to join.