Williams Lea publishes 2017 GFTN-UK Forest Product Report
We have been a participant in WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN) in the UK since 2006. All GFTN participants commit to progressively sourcing forest products from well-managed sources.
We undertake due diligence to assess and mitigate any risk of illegal and unwanted forest products entering into the UK market from our supply chain. We also collect as much information on supply chain sources as possible and systematically work to eliminate poor sources which may not positively benefit forests as a future resource for people and nature.
To highlight our progress towards meeting our commitments to source well-managed and recycled materials, we’re publishing the status of our current supply chain for various categories of forest goods, as defined by the GFTN.
We hope the transparency of the UK GFTN members about their performance on forest sourcing will prompt others in the sector to follow suit. We also encourage all forest certification systems to continuously improve their performance in delivering responsible forest management.
At present, WWF and GFTN participants believe FSC represents the gold standard and a credible benchmark for other forest certification schemes to match. Our preference is to source increasingly from credibly-certified forests or verified recycled sources.