| Many years ago we recognised the importance of good forest
management worldwide and the necessity to ensure that future generations can
benefit from todays responsible actions.
There was a growing public
perception that timber trade practices were environmentally unsound and we
recognised a need to distinguish our practices from others to assure our
customers that our intentions were based on sound policy.
We are now able to demonstrate
our commitment to responsible forestry within a documented framework using
guidelines set by the Forest
Stewardship Council (FSC) 10 principles and criteria, together with the
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
Our policy has been to promote
independant certification which would simplify the process of supplier
evaluation. Responsibility for forest policy lies with each sovereign
Government and people of forested countries and we believe that we have a
responsiblity to our customers, suppliers and staff to base our commercial
activities on properly managed forests.
The Timber Trade Federation supports the "concept of credible
certification" and has stated that "the timber industry has a clear
responsibility to ensure that timber supplied derives from well managed
In January 1996 Clarks Wood
Company Ltd. joined the WWF 1995 + Group and have subsequently adopted its " Philosophy
and Modus Operandi" detailing its members Commitments, Targets and Obligations
for the sourcing of well managed forest products.
As members of the
WWF-UK Forest and Trade
Network, we acknowledge that sustainability and the environment have
emerged as key issues in the forest industry and that in due course chain of
custody verification, certification and ISO14001 Environmental Management
Systems will be inevitable if we are to respond to customer demands to know
"where the timber is coming from".
To achieve this we have adopted
a continuous process of assessment to ensure that our customers will be able to
purchase timber that can be traced to sources whose forest management systems
are based on standards which take account of International environmental,
ecological, biodiversity, social and economic needs. This includes support for
Canadian Standards Association (CSA),
Malaysian Timber Council
Certification (MTCC) and the
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification
The prime objectives of our
Responsible Purchasing Policy are -
|Clarks Wood Company Ltd and Y.Goldberg & Sons Ltd
are committed to the responsible purchasing of forest products. Our
long-term aim is to source all forest products that we purchase or specify from
well-managed forests that have been certified to credible certification
This commitment will be realised through a stepwise approach to
responsible purchasing that utilises the best available techniques and
Clarks Wood Company Ltd
and Y.Goldberg & Sons Ltd will not choose to source forest products
Forests or forest product suppliers that do not comply with all relevant
national legislation relating to the trade in forest products.
High-conservation-value forests where these are recognized nationally or
regionally, unless these forests are progressing towards credible forest
certification in a time-bound, stepwise and transparent manner. Protected
areas, parks or similar areas where harvesting operations are not complementary
to responsible forest management. Forests which are currently being converted
to other land uses, or forests that have been converted since 1994.
Forests which are in areas of armed conflict
or civil unrest where there is a direct relationship between the forest
products trade and the funding of such conflicts.
To ensure that these
goals are achieved Clarks Wood Company Ltd and Y.Goldberg & Sons Ltd
Scrutinise all suppliers of forest products for all purchases of goods for
resale, not-for resale and in all new construction activities. Seek information
as to the source of all forest products.
Evaluate this information against our stated policy.
Continually improve the level of compliance against these policies, with annual
reviews, reports and actions agreed with our suppliers. Work with and encourage
suppliers and forest sources that are actively engaged in a process of
time-bound, transparent, stepwise commitment to credible certification (such as
WWF Producer Group members). Work with key stakeholders to ensure that best
practice is followed.
Set annual, publicly communicated targets regarding our performance.
Clarks Wood Company Ltd and
Y.Goldberg & Sons Ltd endorse all local, state and national laws and
international conventions (including but not limited to the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES),
World Heritage Convention (WHC), and the Convention on Biological Diversity
(CBD)) as well as moratoriums on logging, declarations of protected areas,
forestry laws, environmental protection legislation, and labour and social
Clarks Wood Company Ltd and
Y.Goldberg & Sons Ltd will never knowingly become involved in, collude
with or purchase timber from illegal logging operations.
We will work with our supply chain to ensure where feasible that
all forest products originate from forests where there is full legal and
verifiable title to the land and where the harvester has all relevant and
current permits and approvals.
We will ensure
that all products are extracted with the full authorisation of those holding
rights to the land or forest resources and with the required authorisation,
permits and approvals from all relevant government agencies.
Pending wider acceptance of
International certification standards and the increased availability of timber
which has been independantly certified we must decide for ourselves which
sources are acceptable. We intend making those decisions based on the
information our suppliers provide through completion of our
Responsible Purchasing Policy Questionnaire. Our
prime objective is to then work with our suppliers towards compliance rather
than to simply reject a non-compliant.
Wood Company Ltd Chain of Custody Ref / TT-CoC-1022 and BMT-PEFC-0093 applies
to all certified stocks supplied.
Y.Goldberg & Sons Ltd Chain of Custody Ref / SA-CoC-1317
and CATG-PEFC-007 applies to all certified stocks supplied.