Business standards company, BSI and WWF-UK Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) have launched a new good practice guidance to support industry efforts in the responsible sourcing of forest goods and sustainable forest management.
The new guidance, known as PAS 2021 - Exercising due diligence in establishing the legal origin of timber and timber products – Guide to Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 - has been sponsored by GFTN and developed to help the timber industry meet the impending EU timber regulation (EUTR) which comes into effect on 3 March 2013.
Despite global work to promote responsible forest management and trade, the trade in wood and paper from illegal or controversial sources continues.
Developed by consensus and through a steering group of industry experts, PAS 2021 aims to:
help organizations identify if they are affected by the new regulation and their obligations;
help organizations develop and implement a due diligence system to minimize the risk of illegal timber in supply chains;
describe good practices for responsible trade in timber and timber products that go beyond the minimum requirements of the Regulation
PAS 2021 will be of significance to any organization that places timber or timber products (including materials made from pulp and paper) on the EU market, or any organization that sells and buys such products already available on the EU market.
“Those organizations which use PAS 2021 will find guidance that helps them understand their legal obligations and operate good practice. The standard encourages organizations to put a microscope on their business processes to ensure they minimize the risk of illegal timber in the supply chain,” said BSI Director of Publishing Shirley Bailey-Wood.
WWF-UK Chief Executive David Nussbaum said: “This new standard builds on WWF’s collaboration with businesses in the UK to eliminate illegal and unsustainable timber and timber products from their global supply chains. A thriving legal timber market, that helps to protect the environment as well as the resources it provides, is the best way to support those investing in sustainable commodities. It will take many stakeholders to play their part to achieve this, and the PAS 2021 standard is another tool to help them do so”.
The guide is primarily intended for organizations operating in the UK but could be used by organizations operating in other EU member states.