The world faces many challenges in managing our environment and forests. Illegal logging is the harvesting of timber in contravention to the laws and regulations of that country. Illegal logging is a global problem with significant negative economic, environmental and social impact.
In October 2010, the EU adopted a new timber regulation to combat trade in illegally harvested timber. This makes it illegal to place illegally harvested timber products on the European marketplace. All operators supplying timber or timber products must provide a due diligence system of operation. This includes storing information regarding the supplier, buyer and product for a minimum of five years. All Whiteriver Group timber products are completely compliant with these new regulations.
In addition to this, we are committed to sourcing all our wood products from well managed and sustainable sources. Our company has achieved both FSC® and PEFC Chain of Custody certification. The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) aims to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Read more about FSC – www.fsc.org. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation. It is dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. Read more about PEFC – www.pefc.org.
Our aim for the future is to maintain the highest quality standards and to increase the number of products that we sell that are certified with proven chain of custody while looking after the environment.