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The GFTN Guide to Legal and Responsible Sourcing

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7.4 Source Assessed in the Context of Exports to the US Market

Exporters can greatly assist their US-based customers in demonstrating that due care has been taken to ensure no illegal timber enters the supply chain. Showing you have taken due ...

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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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5.1 Traceability

This section provides practical guidance on ways of gathering and assessing data on suppliers, species and timber origin. The purpose of gathering data on species and timber origin is to ...

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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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14.4 National Legality Frameworks

The following National Legality Frameworks were developed by compiling all available documents constituting the legal framework for the forestry sector in each of the countries and conducting consultations at the ...

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Human Rights Violations

Internal and external stakeholder concerns may identify specific issues, countries, or companies that are extremely controversial or out of step with generally accepted practices. Sourcing forest products from such countries ...

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3.3 Examples of a Responsible Forest Products Sourcing Policy

Example 1 This organization is committed to the responsible sourcing of forest products. Our long-term intention is that all timber used in products that we purchase or specify is ...

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3.2 Main Policy Elements

Responsible purchasers should develop an environmental policy or set of policies that exclude unwanted forest sources. The list of unwanted sources, and the precise terminology used to describe them, will ...

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6.1 Dealing with Unknown and Unwanted Sources

Unwanted Source Unwanted sources may have a high degree of traceability or be simply unknown. Where the source is identified, the key information is that the source clearly does ...

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2.2 Conducting a Baseline Assessment

A preliminary analysis of the organization's current sources of forest products must be undertaken to broadly categorize supplies according to the level of traceability and the environmental status of source ...

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