Enviromental Policy

Many years ago we recognised the importance of good forest management worldwide and the necessity of ensuring that future generations can benefit from today’s responsible actions. There was a growing public perception that timber trade practices were environmentally unsound and we recognised a need to distinguish our practices from others’ to assure our customers that our intentions are based on sound policy.
Our policy has been to promote independent certification which would simplify the process of supplier evaluation. Responsibility for forest policy lies with each sovereign government and people of forested countries and we believe that we have a responsibility to our customers, suppliers and staff to base our commercial activities on properly managed forests.
To achieve this we have adopted a continuous process of assessment to ensure that our customers will be able to purchase timber that can be traced to sources whose forest management systems are based on standards which take account of international environmental, ecological, biodiversity, social and economic needs.
Clarks Wood Company Ltd is committed to the responsible purchasing of forest products.
Our long-term aim is to source all forest products that we purchase from well-managed forests that have been certified to credible certification standards.
This commitment will be realised through a strategic approach to responsible purchasing that utilises the best available techniques and information.

Clarks Wood Company Ltd will not choose to source forest products from:

  • Forests or forest product suppliers that do not comply with all relevant national legislation relating to the trade in forest products.
  • High-conservation-value forests where these are recognised nationally or regionally, unless these forests are progressing towards credible forest certification in a time-bound, strategic and transparent manner.
  • Protected areas, parks or similar areas where harvesting operations are not complementary to responsible forest management.
  • Forests which are currently being converted to other land uses, or forests that have been converted since 1994.
  • Forests which are in areas of armed conflict or civil unrest where there is a direct relationship between the forest products trade and the funding of such conflicts.

Clarks Wood Company Ltd will:

 

  • Scrutinize all suppliers of forest products for all purchases of goods for resale, not-for resale and in all new construction activities. Seek information as to the source of all forest products.
  • Evaluate this information against our stated policy.
  • Continually improve the level of compliance against these policies, with annual reviews, reports and actions agreed with our suppliers.
  • Work with and encourage suppliers and forest sources that are actively engaged in a process of time-bound, transparent, strategic commitment to credible certification.
  • Work with key stakeholders to ensure that best practice is followed.
Clarks Wood Company Ltd endorses all local, state and national laws and international conventions (including but not limited to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), World Heritage Convention (WHC), and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as well as moratoriums on logging, declarations of protected areas, forestry laws, environmental protection legislation, and labour and social laws).
Clarks Wood Company Ltd will never knowingly become involved in, collude with or purchase timber from illegal logging operations.
We will work with our supply chain to ensure where feasible that all forest products originate from forests where there is full, legal and verifiable title to the land and where the harvester has all relevant and current permits and approvals. We will ensure that all products are extracted with the full authorisation of those holding rights to the land or forest resources and with the required authorisation, permits and approvals from all relevant government agencies.
Pending wider acceptance of International certification standards and the increased availability of timber which has been independently certified we must decide for ourselves which sources are acceptable. We intend to make those decisions based on the information our suppliers provide. Our prime objective is to then work with our suppliers towards compliance rather than to simply reject a non-compliant.
We are Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody certified to supply products sourced from responsibly managed forests (FSC® C020012).  We are also Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) Chain of Custody certified to supply products sourced from sustainably managed forest; and have achieved BM TRADA Forest Products certification to supply products from a wide range of additional Forest Certification Schemes and Verification Programmes.