0.1 What Is a Responsible Sourcing Programme?
A responsible sourcing programme for forest products should aim to improve the environmental and social performance of the supply base by ending the purchase of products that contain timber or fibre from sources that do not comply with stated company policy. The programme should also continuously increase the proportion of forest products purchased that contain timber from credibly certified forests.
To achieve this transition, from whatever starting point, purchasers can use the GFTN's stepwise approach, which advances companies through a series of manageable actions. Assessment of the progress made from one step to the next requires that there be a high degree of traceability to the forest source, which will be discussed later in this guide.
A stepwise approach requires progression (from limited knowledge of source forest) through the following five suggested categories:
- Limited Knowledge of source forest
- Source assessed : forest source evaluated for basic legality and traceability criteria
- Source verified : forest source 3rd party verified for basic social and environmental criteria
- Credibly Certified Source: forest source meets highest social and environmental standards
- Material from a Recycled Source
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