Promotes responsible forest management and trade through a step-wise approach toward credible certification.
Geographical Areas of Interest
Supply Chain Focus
Provides guidance on gathering information and assessing supplier data regarding the origin of wood products. Provides sample questionnaires and advice on setting up supplier databases (White and Sarshar, 2006).
Provides advice on setting up internal monitoring and tracking systems. Promotes credible third-party certified products.
Provides advice for keeping illegally harvested wood out of the supply chain. Advice includes providing definitions of legal wood, addressing bad or unfair laws, examples of procurement policies, list of CITES listed species, and lists of legal documentation for various countries (see Miller et al., 2006).
Promotes credible certification as a tool for improving forest management. Provides advice on options for addressing land-use change issues.
Unique Forest Values
Provides overview information about high conservation value forests, and advice on options to address sourcing from these areas.
Provides information on social issues related to wood and paper purchasing, as well as information on areas where these issues are most relevant (see White and Sarshar, 2006). Requires compliance with ILO convention on indigenous and tribal peoples, and the UN declaration of human rights. Endorses good labor practices through compliance with local and international labor laws.
Supports procedures for minimizing pollution and impr oving the acquisition, transportation, storage and management of toxic substances. Promotes nonuse/ production of toxic chemicals and compliance with local and international conventions regarding emissions, effluents and wastes.
Fresh and Recycled Fiber
Provides advice on defining levels of recycled content and systems to certify recycled materials.
Supports efficient use of energy to minimize direct/indirect impacts on climate change, management to improve levels of carbon sequestration.