A free toolkit aims to help timber companies better understand, conduct and report Due Diligence under the EU/UK Timber Regulation.
Users will be provided with the essentials of Due Diligence, using an interactive format to gain knowledge of:
This tool has been developed by TTF with support from the Soil Association, as part of a DFID (now FCDO) funded project. It will be continuously reviewed and updated to take on further risk factors into consideration for timber companies’ sourcing decisions.
David Hopkins, CEO of the Timber Trade Federation, says: "With this free, interactive tool, timber firms in the UK are gaining a fantastic new resource to undertake and report Due Diligence. This is particularly important for those firms which may find themselves facing an expanded set of obligations as we shift from EU Timber Regulation to UK Timber Regulation.
"As the UK exits the EU Single Market, businesses importing into the UK from the European Economic Area will need to carry out Due Diligence confirming that the timber product placed on the UK market has been legally harvested to meet the UK Timber Regulations.
"This will be a change for many members, with Europe still supplying the majority of all UK timber imports. It will be important all our members ensure they have a Due Diligence system in place to identify areas of potential risk where illegal timber may enter the supply chain.
"These Due Diligence changes will not be onerous for members embracing our world leading Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP) system, and with this tool, members will find the process of understanding, conducting, and reporting under RPP to be simpler, and more straightforward."