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The GFTN Guide to Legal and Responsible Sourcing

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Defining “Illegal Logging”

WWF defines illegal logging, related trade, and corruption as occurring when timber is harvested or traded in violation of relevant national or sub-national laws or where access to forest resources ...

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Illegal Logging

Implications for Those Buying and Supplying Illegal Timber Companies that buy products containing illegal timber may do so knowingly or because they have failed to exercise due diligence over their ...

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6.0 Environmental Status of Supplies

Figure 1 Having established its data-gathering and storing mechanisms, the sourcing organization can now begin to assess the data received. It is likely that the data will be incomplete ...

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2.1 Setting the Bar

The initial review should identify what the expectations are of the organization from a variety of view points. To establish these expectations, at least five things must be considered: Regulation ...

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8.0 Environmental Status of Supplies - Reducing the Risk of Trading in Illegal Timber

The simplest way to reduce the risk of trading illegal timber is to buy and sell certified timber. For the majority of businesses involved in the timber sector, particularly those ...

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9.0 Environmental Status of Supplies - Source Verified

Sources could be legal but still involved in unwanted activities which are in conflict with the corporate responsible sourcing policy. Source verified means that the forest source has been ...

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Improving the Quality of Data from Suppliers

Below is a list of common issues that arise when suppliers are asked questions regarding their sourcing of forest products. The list is not exhaustive but gives remedies for the ...

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8.5 Strategies for Verifying Legality

Low-Risk Suppliers Low-risk suppliers are those that are unlikely to supply illegal timber. The level of objective evidence supplied for the risk rating process should already have been significant. ...

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7.7 Source Assessed and Forest Law in Producer Countries

The types of information and documentation available will vary by country, as will their reliability. Specific guidance for several major exporting countries is given below. Please Note: These documents are ...

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13.1 Improving Supply Chains and Supplier Performance

There are numerous ways by which to improve the supply chain. This section highlights some of the more common methods and their benefits. The Same, But Better Working with an ...

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