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The GFTN Guide to Legal and Responsible Sourcing

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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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7.1 Defining Legal Timber

To direct your organization's sourcing away from the products of illegal logging and toward those in favour of legal operators, you will need to define what you mean by "legal" ...

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Questionnaires - Things to Consider

General guidance Suppliers need encouragement in order to complete questionnaires. Below are some strategies, based on practical experience that can help get the questionnaires completed and returned. Contact suppliers well ...

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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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8.1 Certified Timber

The Least-Risk Option The simplest way to answer the two questions is to buy timber that has been independently certified as coming from well-managed forests. Practically all forest certification ...

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8.2 Controlled Wood Standards

There is a large overlap between the policy elements and the necessary compliance checks as seen under the sections Source Assessed and Source Verified and the Forest Stewardship Council “Standard ...

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8.3 Uncertified Timber - Reducing the Risk of Buying Illegal Wood

In an ideal world, as a sourcing organization, you would state that you did not want any illegal timber or timber products in your business's supply chain; you would then ...

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8.4 Steps to Exercise Due Diligence

Key Points in Excercising Due Diligence The first step in reducing risk of illegally sourced timber entering your supply chain is to perform an assessment to rate the level ...

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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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1.0 Senior Management Support

Turning policy and values into a programme that promotes the legal and responsible sourcing of forest products inevitably requires management support. Any activity that is seen as not being central ...

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