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Our Environmental Principles

Environmental Policies for Wood

WoodBois International (WBI) has a clear environmental policy and a clear environmental purchasing policy for wood and wood products.

The environmental policy is based on two founding principles:

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

 

In acknowledging these principles:

  1. WoodBois International (WBI) is committed to sustainable forest management. It promotes efforts to achieve the fastest practicable progress towards environmentally sound permanent forest management worldwide.
  2. WoodBois International (WBI) supports responsible national and international efforts which focus attention on the various threats to the world’s productive forests.
  3. WoodBois International (WBI) encourages the use of wood as an environmentally acceptable and renewable material.

 

Purchasing Policy for Wood & Wood Products

  1. WoodBois International (WBI) will seek the clearest practical information regarding product sources. This will include verification at the origin and implementation of due diligence systems. WoodBois International (WBI) will also seek evidence of good practice and forest management from all suppliers of wood products. Labels or certificates warranting sustainability will not be acceptable unless they have the approval of the Forestry Department/Ministry of 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.
  2. WoodBois International (WBI) 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.
  3. WoodBois International (WBI) subscribes to the evolution of more efficient use of the forest resources and the wood derived from them. In this respect it supports concepts of 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.
  4. WoodBois International (WBI) will focus and review this environment policy and adjust accordingly if necessary.
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