Timber is considered one of the most sustainable and environmentally favourable construction materials available, due to its ability to absorb carbon dioxide while growing, its adaptability as a product and the fact that, when finished with, it can be recycled or used as a biofuel. However for this to continue we have to ensure it is sourced from well managed, credibly certified forests so that the risk of deforestation is eliminated. Illegal timber poses a real threat to the timber industry.
In 2010 a report stated that 25 per cent of the total imported volume of timber was illegal. This is a significant problem, especially when you consider that every two seconds a football pitch sized piece of forest is lost and half of that is due to illegal logging.
In addition, the construction industry is working towards the target of achieving zero carbon construction by 2016 and, while the Code for Sustainable Homes and Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard (FEES) offer considerable opportunities for the timber industry due to timber’s excellent thermal efficiency as well as sustainability, it also means that greater emphasis is placed on the supply chain to ensure that timber remains sustainable.
As part of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution, International Timber operates within its Policy for Sustainability. This policy is designed to continually improve our position as a sustainable provider of building materials by reducing environmental impact, being committed to the well-being of stakeholders and always considering the economic effect of our operations.
To download our Sustainability Statement in a PDF format, please click here.
To view the 2017 Environmental Timber Policy click here
You can read more about our CSR policy here: http://www.saint-gobain.co.uk/about-us/corporate-social-responsibility/
International Timber is part of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution. Saint-Gobain Building Distribution is a WWF GFTN participant and reports its Forest Product sourcing annually through the WWF website. Click here for more details :- http://gftn.panda.org/gftn_worldwide/europe/uk/
Saint-Gobain works closely with its supply-chain to ensure that products produced and supplied to the Group not only meet legislative requirements but also consider important factors like, sustainability of raw materials, lowering the embodied carbon of the products, and ensuring that social conditions for workers meet internationally recognised standards such as the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact - which Saint-Gobain signed up to in 2003
In October 2015, the UK Government introduced the 2015 Modern Slavery Act. The Act requires companies operating in the UK, with a Group turnover of more than £36million per year to publish a statement setting out the steps that they have taken during that financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place:
- anywhere in their supply chains;
- in any part of their own business.
You can find Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland's statement here.