Sainsbury’s has been a member of WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network in the UK since the original WWF 95+ Group was formed in 1991. All GFTN members are committed to progressively sourcing forest products from well managed sources.
To monitor progress, Sainsbury's collects as much information on supply chain sources as possible, and categorises this to enable identification of where any risks of poor sourcing may lie, and to eliminate them systematically from our supply chain into the UK market.
The new EU Regulation to limit the trade in illegal timber, which comes into full effect on 3 March 2013 provides a baseline of legality as a minimum for forest goods entering the European market and reaching consumers. GFTN members want to make sure they are playing their part in reducing theUK footprint on global forest resources, and to source sustainably.
To highlight the change achieved so far, to draw attention to the challenges that remain in order to meet the EU regulation, and to exceed the requirements of the regulation by sourcing sustainably and identify priorities in doing so, GFTN members are publishing the status of their supply chain for forest goods as established so far, according to the WWF Global Forest and Trade Network categorisation of forest goods.
We hope the UK GFTN members' decision to be transparent about performance on forest sourcing will prompt others in the sector to do the same, and initiate discussion about how business can overcome the remaining challenges in partnership with other stakeholders, including government.
We encourage all forest certification systems to continuously improve their performance in delivering responsible forest management. At present, WWF and GFTN participants believe FSC represents the gold standard and a credible benchmark for other forest certification schemes to match, and it remains our preference to increasingly source from credibly certified forests or verified recycled sources.
Sainsbury's status for the forest products reported for the 2011 calendar year is as follows
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Image credit © Edward Parker / WWF-Canon