Responsible Purchasing

Buyers play a key role in driving responsible production of forest products by ensuring that the wood or fibre they use comes from forests that are responsibly managed. A sound sourcing policy, as detailed in the GFTN Guide to Responsible Sourcing, ensures that the organization will give priority to recycled wood and fibres, and responsibly produced wood, as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Furthermore, to ensure that the manufacturing of the forest products does not lead to water or air pollution – in particular in the case of paper manufacturing – buyers should verify that the producing company has limited its global environmental footprint, for example by using WWF paper tools.

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Share WHY responsible purchasing is important and HOW it can be scaled up.


Ks Nketiah 15-Mar-2016 13:09 GMT

Better inter-sectoral coordination.

Uta Jungernann 15-Mar-2016 13:09 GMT

We are working with WRI on the sustainable procurement guide for wood and paper board products, giving companies the right tools to make responsible choices and build informed sourcing policies.

Lisa Smyth 15-Mar-2016 13:09 GMT

Encourage all friends and family to find and buy FSC certified. Nearly all did not know about it untill I began working for FSC.

Emilie Sasseville 15-Mar-2016 13:08 GMT

If I know the wood I am buying is illegal I don't buy it. I look for the source of almost every product I buy at the grocery store and make sure I am making a sustainable choice