UK federation backs WWF call for sustainable procurement

The UK's Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has signed up to the WWF UK Forest Campaign, which includes the key target to source only sustainable timber by 2020.
 
The TTF has 300 member and accounts for around 66% of the UK's £8.9 billion turnover timber market. 
 
The precise wording of its pledge on sustainability is "to support the market to buy timber and timber products from sustainable sources by 2020". At the same time it says it will make members' "aggregated performance" in terms of buying sustainable public.
 
It also backs the other key demands of the WWF UK Forests Campaign, which launched earlier this year:
 
To close loopholes in the EU Timber Regulation and end product exemptions. 
And to press the EU and national European governments to "complete the  transition to a market in sustainable timber and timber products by 2020.
The TTF says it will also urge individual members to make an "individual declaration of support to the campaign".
 
“The TTF has supported the campaign in principle since last summer however we wanted to make sure we played an active role in supporting delivery of the 2020 targets," said Federation Chief Executive David Lennan.
 
The WWF welcomed the TTF's move.
 
"Trade bodies like the TTF can and do play a significant role in bringing about new business norms that create sustainable industries as well as sustainable forests," said Julia Young, Manager of WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network Manager in the UK, “The TTF’s commitment to the Forest Campaign is an excellent example of the evolution of an association’s role to encompass and encourage high standards of sustainability."  
 
The WWF UK Forests Campaign has over 40 signatory businesses, from supermarket chains to construction businesses.  Earlier, Ms Young said there were discussions on taking it international.
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