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At Hanson Plywood, we recognise that although wood and wood-related products are comprised of a naturally renewable material, unsustainable and irresponsible harvesting of forests can have severe adverse effects on the environment, local communities, indigenous people of the forest as well as the global economy. Since before the adoption of the European Union Timber Regulation ((EU) No 955/2010), Hanson Plywood have adhered to the Timber Trade Federation’s Responsible Purchasing Policy© (RPP). The RPP offers a strong foundation on which to build a robust Due Diligence System to ensure compliance with the EUTR. This guarantees that all our imported timber-related products are harvested in line with the applicable legislation of the country of origin and from suppliers and forest management units that have the longevity of the forests and their ecosystems in mind.
The company has achieved FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) as well as PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) Chain of Custody certification and aims to continue to promote the use of materials that are certified under these schemes. Both the FSC and PEFC schemes prevent direct involvement in illegal logging, destruction of high conservation values in forests and human rights violations of people indigenous to the area of forestry. Hanson Plywood are proud to uphold these values and through the WWF Forest Campaign (see below) we have set a target of purchasing 100% Certified goods by 2020.
The operations of Hanson Plywood are carried out in accordance with an Environmental Management System which is certified to meet the ISO 14001 Standard. Through this standard we can ensure than the company functions in a manner that reduces (or in some cases, nullifies) our Environmental Impact through our various business activities.
A key part of our Environmental Management System is to keep all staff fully aware of current legislative requirements applicable to waste disposal, energy consumption, health and safety and more. Staff members are actively involved in ensuring the company is fully compliant in all areas. Environmental Impact Assessments are carried out for all activities which can potentially have an adverse effect on the environment; significant activities are monitored and evaluated regularly by the Managing Director.
As of November 2015, Hanson Plywood have pledged support to the WWF’s Forest Campaign along with over 50 other leading businesses in the UK and two major trade associations.
The WWF’s Forest Campaign aims to eradicate the trade in illegal and unsustainable timber by working to influence key governmental decision-makers at UK and EU level in order to ensure companies dedicated to responsible forest trade can operate on an even playing field.
Hanson Plywood will support the campaign by:
As part of our commitment to the campaign, we have agreed to make our responsible purchasing performance public. In 2014, 77.39% of our products came from FSC® & PEFC Certified sources. Following receipt of these figures, we set a target to reach 80% 3rd party certified products for 2015.
In 2015, Hanson Plywood sourced 82.6% of our timber from FSC & PEFC Certified sources, surpassing the target we set. As a result of the improvement in our sourcing and the performance and commitment of our Purchasing Department, we have set a target of 87% for 2016.
As one of the largest importers of timber in Europe, the UK plays an important role in influencing the markets. Ensuring the sustainability of forests ultimately ensures the sustainability of the industry. To this end, Hanson Plywood are proud to support the WWF’s Forest Campaign.