The only way to be assured that wood is legal is through a certification process, which tracks the wood from being cut all the way through to its final destination. Whilst there is more than one certification scheme, it is largely agreed that the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC®) scheme is the gold star of certification because it is the most thorough and robust. B&Q was a founding partner of FSC® back in the early 1990s. Only products that host the FSC® marque are FSC® certified.
There are other certification schemes available that also encourage sustainable forestry but B&Q chooses to work with and endorse the FSC® and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) forestry schemes. Achieving credible forest certification takes dedication, time and money from the forest owners. We believe credible certification is so important for the future of our planet's forests we also work closely with schemes such as TFT which help foresters to access markets for their timber whilst they make the changes necessary to achieve credible certification.
FSC® was established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests and FSC® brings people together to promote responsible forest management and to find solutions to the problems created by bad forestry practices. It is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
FSC® provides internationally recognized standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services to companies, organizations, and communities interested in responsible forestry. The FSC® label provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value. FSC® is nationally represented in more than 50 countries around the world.
For further information visit www.fsc-uk.org
The programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.
PEFC is the world's largest forest certification system. It seeks to transform the way forests are managed to ensure that everyone can enjoy the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests offer.
It works through the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards.
PEFC UK's Chairman, Peter Latham says: "We urge consumers buying timber products to choose certified ones in order to recognise and support those companies with responsible sourcing policies."
For further information visit www.pefc.org
The Forest Trust (TFT) is a UK registered charity with staff drawn from forestry, wood product manufacture and retail backgrounds. TFT helps businesses establish where their wood comes from and to link them with acceptable forest sources. As a minimum first step the wood must come from legally verified forest operations. TFT also encourage members to increase the volume of wood that they source from well managed forests and assists by improving the sustainability of management practices in the forests that produce their wood.
For further information visit http://www.tft-forests.org/
B&Q, a leader in offering responsibly sourced timber, is delighted that illegal timber is finally set to be banned in the EU from 2012 under an agreement reached by EU member states. The ruling will level the playing field within the retail sector and help ensure the preservation of the Word's forests.
B&Q is part of Kingfisher plc, Europe's leading home improvement retail group, who together with other leading European retailers form the Timber Retail Coalition who have been calling for European regulation in timber for some time.
Ian Duff Greenpeace Forest Campaigner says: "This new law is a great step towards closing the trade in illegal timber into Europe. It promises to level the playing field so that customers no longer have to rely on the goodwill of a few legitimate companies committed to acting sustainably."
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