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Timber Purchasing Policy

Timber Certification

Bradfords recognises that the independent certification of forests and the process chain is the most useful tool in providing assurances that the timber comes from legal and well-managed forests. Bradfords will only accept or use labels or certificates which include environmental or sustainability claims if these are supported by publicly available standards drawn up in a fully participatory transparent and objective manner and backed by independent inspection.

FSC Logo

Bradfords Building Supplies Ltd FSC Certificate

PEFC Logo

Bradfords Building Supplies Ltd PEFC Certificate

EU Timber Regulation

(Effective from the 3rd March 2013)

Bradfords Building Supplies confirm that the Timber/Timber Products we supply comply with the new EU Timber Regulations (EUTR).

EUTR aims to prevent illegal harvested timber and timber products entering onto the EU market.

The Regulation covers a broad range of timber products including solid wood products, flooring, plywood, pulp and paper.

Our suppliers carry out Due Diligence Systems to assess the risk of timber/ timber products being from an illegal source. We maintain documentation of proof of origin on all our Timber/Timber products.

Bradfords Building Supplies operate a chain of Custody system. We maintain FSC® & PEFC™ Chain Of Custody certificates which are available on request. These cover the validity of origin for up to 90% of our timber products.

Bradfords adhere to the following statements

  • Responsibility - Bradfords recognises a responsibility to the environment, our customers, suppliers and staff to base its commercial activities on well-managed forests.
  • Legality - Bradfords will not be directly or indirectly involved in the following activities: a) Illegal logging or the trade in illegal wood or forest products. b) Violation of traditional and human rights in forestry operations. c) Destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations. d) Significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use. e) Introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations. f) Violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions, as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 1998.
  • Endangered Species - Bradfords will not source any timber species prohibited under Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
  • Supplier Monitoring - Bradfords will regularly obtain from suppliers a) information relating to their environmental practices b) clearest practicable information regarding the sources of raw material used in the manufacture of wood products. The information received will form part of purchasing decisions and will be made available on request to interested parties.
  • Management Structure - Bradfords has appointed a Director to be responsible for the implementation of this policy and will ensure that environmental issues relevant to the policy are discussed regularly at he highest level of management. Bradfords will ensure that all employees associated with timber purchasing are encouraged to act in accordance with this policy and are given appropriate education and training to do so if required.
  • Continuous Improvement - Bradfords will define its own programmes and establish its own objectives and targets, to achieve continuous improvement in environmental performance in accordance with this policy.
  • Avoid Misleading Claims - Bradfords will avoid misleading and unsubstantiated environmental claims in relation to wood products supplies.