We do this by:
Implementing responsible production and sourcing
We work with forest managers, forest product suppliers and their buyers, as well as governments, to improve forest management worldwide. For example, we:
- help companies implement their guidelines for sourcing wood and wood products from responsibly managed forests.
- carry out supply chain mapping, risk assessments and verification, to enable buyers to monitor and demonstrate progress against their responsible sourcing commitments.
- advise importers on legal requirements, such as the EU Timber Regulation.
- review banks’ investment policies against international best practice, and help them implement their policies for socially and environmentally responsible investment.
We provide training and capacity development to private and public organisations in the forestry sector by:
- running formal training courses, such as those on assessment, management and monitoring of High Conservation Values (HCV) and an annual training programme on sustainability in natural resource management.
- developing materials and training local trainers to run workshops for exporters overseas on the EU Timber Regulation.
- providing hands-on, mentored audit training on forest certification assessments through the Africa Practitioners’ Network.
Supporting multistakeholder initiatives
We have supported a wide range of initiatives to promote sustainable forest management and responsible sourcing of forest products over the past 15 years. This includes:
- providing technical advice to international organisations such as the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, to help them develop their policies for zero net deforestation in tropical forest countries by 2020.
- assessing government schemes, such as the Ghana Legality Assurance Scheme, to ensure they meet the requirements of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Legality and Trade (EU FLEGT) Action Plan.