Timber & Paper
We have focused on improving the transparency and risk assessment processes of our timber and paper supply chains. This year Rainforest Alliance provided recommendations for enhancing our timber policy (PDF 664KB) and worked with our sourcing office in Delhi alongside key suppliers to explore opportunities for improving their sourcing practices.
We are also taking action to strengthen our due diligence systems and focused our efforts this year on completing a full supply chain mapping exercise. This has allowed us to understand our global and dynamic supply chain in much more detail. We aim for 100% of our own-brand timber and paper product to come from fully verified responsible and sustainable sources by year end 2020/21. Currently 100% of our garden furniture is FSC-certified and we will continue to work proactively through our strategic supply chains to support successive stages from source to final product in order to target other categories. For example, we are working to establish where in our supply chains certified material is readily available and working with suppliers to replace conventional sources.
We are also strengthening and building relationships with our direct suppliers to empower them to affect change in their own supply base. Our supply base optimisation process is helping us to address this. Together with quality and commercial criteria, the ability to meet our Sustainability goals is central to evaluating our existing supply base. Consolidating our timber and paper products through fewer suppliers will enable us to concentrate on moving significant volumes from conventional sources to responsible and sustainable alternatives.