Our Environmental & Purchasing Policy

As stewards of the environment, we uphold a clear environmental policy and a clear environmental purchasing policy for wood and wood products. Our environmental policy is based on two founding principles:

(1) Forests, forest functions and products, including woods, contribute to human well being worldwide. Every country, including the USA must value its forests and strive for equity in access to the benefits which forests provide.

(2) The ultimate responsibility for forest policy lies with the sovereign Government and people of individual forested countries. They have the task of balancing environmental, economic, social and political needs. Nevertheless, Wood Products International believes that the U.S. timber industry has a responsibility to its customers, suppliers and staff to base its commercial activities on properly managed forests.

Our Purchasing Policies are as Follows

(1) We will seek the clearest practical information regarding product sources. At a minimum, this will include country of origin.

(2) We will seek evidence of good practice and forest management from all suppliers of wood products.

(3) We will not accept labels or certificates warranting sustainability unless they have the approval of the Forestry Department/Ministry of the source countries which have established comprehensive national forestry action plans, or until such time as an internationally acceptable criteria for sustainability is established by a recognized authority.

(4) We will give preference to suppliers of all wood products from sources providing information on good silviculture and logging practices, and which are operating within the forestry laws of the country concerned.

(5) With respect to tropical wood products, we will give preference to purchases from countries demonstrating commitment to, and the implementation of, Objective 2000 and implementation of "Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forests," of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

(6) We believe in the efficient use of forest resources and the wood derived from them. For that reason, we support using a wider variety of species when silviculturally and ecologically appropriate and making greater economic and practical use of raw material including residues and waste.

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