Responsible purchasing of forest products means sourcing products that contain wood or fibre from responsibly managed forests that are credibly certified, or from post-consumer recycled materials, and not from unknown, illegal or controversial sources. Share WHY responsible purchasing is important and HOW it can be scaled up.
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.