Forests area: 325 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): 20,000
With Spring on the horizon, many of us are looking forward to getting back out in our gardens. Most of our gardens will feature a number of timber products from fences, planters, garden furniture and sheds to grander buildings such as orangeries, summer houses and conservatories.
These days, more and more if us are recognising that it’s important that the wood products we buy come from well-managed forests. Hardly surprising then that companies along the timber supply chain are increasingly seeking to demonstrate that the materials they trading in come from legal and sustainable sources. Some are doing so in response to legislation and regulatory requirements. However, many are increasingly realising the benefits of delivering sustainability assurances on products that address environmental, social and ethical concerns.