B&Q have become the new benchmark for sourcing timber they claim to have achieved its goal of only buying timber products from proven responsible sources. Last year they managed to ensure over 90% of their timber products were traceable to responsible sources and now they say they can ensure that 100% of timber in its products can be traces to well managed sources
B&Q started its sustainable timber campaign almost 2 decades ago when it had been challended on the sourcing of its wood. In 1990 it became a founding partner of the Forest Stewardship Council. The firm has been awarded one of the largest chains of custody certifications under both the FSC and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) schemes.
The company now prides itself on only buying products that are traceable to sources that have met legal, social and environmental standards that have been independently verified. The policy applies to everything from products obviously derived from trees like sawn timber, wallpaper, flooring, doors, furniture, hand tools, books, decking, fencing, firewood, sheds, paint brushes, windows, garden furniture, plywood to those where the wood is hidden like mirror backs, garden tools and baths.
Matt Sexton, director of CSR at B&Q said: “Today is a milestone for B&Q as we show our support for responsibly managed forests. We’ve been working very hard to close the gap and hope that other retailers will follow.”
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