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We are an internationally recognised, independent organisation whose
unique expertise delivers sustainable natural resource management,
from policy, investment and procurement, to production on the ground.

Purchasing support

We have supported many organisations in ensuring that the products they buy derive from responsible sources. See below for some examples of the work we have done.
  • Support for Greenergy’s sustainability programme

    For Greenergy International Ltd | 2007 ongoing

    Proforest has been working with Greenergy, the UK’s largest fuel supplier, to support the development and implementation of their sustainability programme since 2007. This support entails day to day advice and support on supply chain management for a range of agricultural commodities. Read more

  • Supporting Tetra Pak's wood fibre sourcing

    Tetra Pak | 2004 ongoing

    Tetra Pak is a global leader in the production of beverage carton packaging material and has set itself a target of sourcing materials only from FSC certified suppliers by the end of 2015. Read more

  • John Lewis Partnership timber purchasing

    For John Lewis Partnership | gb | 2002 ongoing

    Proforest helps JLP develop and implement responsible purchasing timber policy and programme including training, verification support and site audits. Read more

  • DEFRA's Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET)

    For Defra | 2004 to 2012

    In 2000 the UK Government announced plans for a sustainable procurement policy for timber and timber products as part of its commitment to tackle deforestation and illegal logging. However, it soon became clear that additional support and guidance was needed for the policy to work. Read more

  • Supporting Tesco's preparations for EU Timber Regulation

    For Tesco | 2011

    In March 2013 the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation will come into force. In view of these new requirements, Tesco has asked Proforest to carry out a review of their responsible sourcing policy and associated procedures. Read more

  • Supplier audits for Marks & Spencer

    M&S | 2009

    Assessment of the current level of supplier compliance with RSPO supply chain certification requirement. Read more

  • Biofuel Sustainability Assurance Programme

    For Shell Global | 2008 to 2009

    The increasing use of biofuel is a response to concerns on fossil fuel dependence, energy security and greenhouse gas emissions. However, the production of biofuel can also have adverse environmental and social impacts. As part of the development of a wider biofuels policy, Shell sought to develop a Global Assurance Programme seeking to to ensure sustainability for the agriculture commodities used for fuel. Read more

  • Jatropha Sustainability Guidelines

    For BP Biofuels | 2008

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  • Willis and Gambier supply chain support

    For Willis and Gambier | 2006 to 2008

    Proforest helped Willis and Gambier, a furniture agent in the UK, to formulate a responsible sourcing policy. We provided inputs in its policy implementation, including supply chain analysis and supplier audits. Read more

  • Support for House of Fraser

    House of Fraser | 2007

    Support for the implementation of House of Fraser’s Timber Sourcing Policy Read more

  • Heritage Lottery Fund timber policy

    HLF | Europe | 2006 to 2007

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  • Support for Marks and Spencer (M&S)

    For Marks and Spencer | 2006 to 2007

    Support for the implementation of Marks and Spencer’s timber sourcing policy Read more

  • B&Q Policy Review

    For B&Q | 2003 to 2007

    Provided technical support to B&Q during the review of the company’s timber policy in 2003, 2006 and 2007. Read more

  • Chain of Custody Standard for Timber Trade Action Plan (TTAP)

    For TTAP | 2006

    Development of a Chain of Custody Standard to enable companies to trace wood back to forest origin and provide assurance of legal compliance. Read more

  • McDonalds Global Forest Policy support

    For McDonalds | 2004 to 2006

    Development and implementation of a global forest policy to guide the company and its suppliers in the purchase and use of wood and paper products. Read more

  • DLH forest policy

    DLH | Europe | 2005

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  • Development of the Basel Criteria for Responsible Soy Production

    Coop Switzerland | 2004

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  • Travis Perkins: Timber purchasing policy

    Travis Perkins | Europe | 2001 to 2004

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  • The Migros criteria for Oil Palm

    MIGROS | 2002 to 2003

    In 2002, the Swiss supermarket Migros was at the forefront of responsible purchasing when it decided to source sustainably produced palm oil for its own-brand margarine. As no international standard for sustainable palm oil production existed at the time, Migros asked WWF for advice, who in turn, came to Proforest. Read more

  • Kingfisher Timber purchasing policy

    For Kingfisher plc | Europe | 2001

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