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The GFTN Guide to Legal and Responsible Sourcing

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Conflict Timber

“Conflict timber” is a term used to describe timber that is produced and sold to finance armed conflict. The definition used by the NGO Global Witness is “timber that has ...

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14.0 Common Framework for Assessing Legality for Forestry Operations, Timber Processing and Trade

The unsustainable and often illegal logging of timber represents a major threat to tropical forest ecosystems and associated biodiversity. Illegal logging also threatens the livelihoods of local communities and undermines ...

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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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0.0 Introduction

Since the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) first published its Guide to Responsible Sourcing of Forest Products and the closely associated Keep It Legal manual as paper documents, there ...

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5.0 Establishing Traceability

When implementing a responsible sourcing programme, an organization should draw up an action plan and define SMART targets to serve as steps toward achieving the stated policy goals. The use ...

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3.1 Where to Start

There is no right, wrong or perfect set of policies to underpin the effort to achieve more responsible sourcing of forest products. However, it is important that the policy be ...

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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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5.2 Tracking Systems & Databases

For large and complex supply chains there can be a similarly large and complex set of associated data. This leads to the need for a supply chain database, which can ...

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CITES-Listed Species

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is a global response to concern over the trade of endangered species. CITES was enacted in ...

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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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