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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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7.3 Source Assessed in the Context of the US Market

Major marketplaces in Europe and the United States have seen major changes with respect to market access requirements for producers and the role expected of those who import or trade ...

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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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15.0 Supporting Information

  High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) CITES-Listed Species  Human Rights Violations  Conflict Timber Defining “Illegal Logging”  Illegal Logging Improving the Quality of Data from Suppliers Glossary Glossary Questionnaires Questionnaire - ...

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5.3 Questionnaires

Sending out questionnaires can be a laborious and lengthy process. The number of suppliers that an organization uses and the complexity of the data required has a significant bearing on ...

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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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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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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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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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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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