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Timber Procurement Policy

Timber Procurement Policy

WESSEX BUILDING PRODUCTS WILL NOT KNOWINGLY PROCURE TIMBER PRODUCTS FROM:

Forests or forest products suppliers that do not comply with all legislation relating to the trade of forest products

High conservation value forests where these are recognised nationally or regionally, unless these forests are progressing towards credible forest certification in a time-bound stepwise and transparent manner.

Protected areas, parks or other areas where harvesting operations are not complementary to responsible forest management.

Forests that are currently being converted to other land uses, or forests that have been converted since 1994.

Forests that are in areas of armed conflict or civil unrest where there is a direct relationship between the forest

Products trade and the funding of such conflicts

Timber species listed by CITES*.

 

TO ENSURE THAT THESE GOALS ARE ACHIEVED WESSEX BUILDING PRODUCTS WILL:

Seek information as to the source of all forest products and appraise against our stated policy

Clearly communicate our intention to purchase FSC timber where possible in our paperwork

Clearly communicate to clients our timber procurement policy

Continually encourage the integration of all tiers of our supply chain with transparency of timber sourcing throughout the chain

Continually improve the level of compliance against these policies, with annual reviews, reports and actions agreed with our suppliers.

Work with and encourage suppliers and forest sources who are actively engaged in SMART process of commitment to credible certification (such as WWF - UK producer Group Members)

Work with key stakeholders to ensure that best practice is followed.

Wessex Building Products will endeavour to abide by all local, state and national laws and international conventions (including but not limited to) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of wild Fauna and Flora, World Heritage Convention (WHC), and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as well as moratoria on logging, declarations of protected areas, forest laws, environmental protection legislation, as well as labour and social laws.

 

Wessex Building Products will never knowingly become involved in, collude with or procure timber from illegal logging operations, We will work with our supply chain to ensure that all forest products originate from forests where there is full legal and verifiable title to the land and the harvester has all relevant and current permits and approvals; ensuring products are extracted with full authorisation of those holding the rights to the land or forest resources, and with the required authorisation, permits and approvals from the relevant government agencies.

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