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PEFC UK to hold two free workshops on sustainable forest management and Chain of Custody

PEFC UK will be holding two different seminars in February designed to provide a clear understanding of what lies behind the PEFC label and why certification and Chain of Custody is so important.

These free workshops will explain the certification procedures behind PEFC certification. Delegates are also invited to participate in discussing the challenges, benefits and business opportunities that PEFC Chain of Custody certification presents.

Attendees will have a choice of two city centre venues: 

  • London: Tuesday 6th February 2018
    CVO, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL
  • Newcastle: Tuesday 13th February 2018
    Royal Station Hotel, Neville Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 5DH

For more info and to book your place, download the form here and send it to [email protected]


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NEPCon's Sourcing Legal Timber 2.0 Conference | 15 March 2018 | Woking

On Thursday 15th March, NEPCon will hold a conference entitled 'Sourcing Legal Timber 2.0' at the The Living Planet Centre, Woking, Surrey.

"It’s been almost five years since the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into force and things are looking quite different to how they did then. Enforcement authorities are stepping up their game all over Europe, a lot of new information and tools are available from all kinds of sources and FLEGT licensed timber is now available on the market," explain the organisers.

"Nonetheless, living up to the EUTR requirements is still a challenge for companies across Europe. Therefore NEPCon would like to offer the industry, authorities as well as other stakeholders the opportunity to participate in a free international conference on 15th of March near London."

The event is designed to shed light on a wide set of key issues in the Timber Trade Industry such as:

  • avoid common due diligence pitfalls
  • gain access to insights on key risks and how to deal with them
  • understand how the enforcement authorities evaluate your performance
  • understand how conducting quality due diligence makes good business sense
  • communicate about FLEGT-licensed timber
  • promote companies' compliance
  • gain an overview of the vast jungle of free info and tools available and how to use them
  • plan for future sourcing
  • understand how technological advances in timber traceability and verification can help improve the efficiency and credibility of due diligence systems
  • connect and exchange experiences with timber-related companies, trade associations, technical experts and relevant organisations from across Europe

To register for the event, complete the online form here.

For any queries, you can contact Ann Weddle on [email protected] or +44 7491 812337.

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WWF Furniture and Forests workshop | 30 June 2016 | London

On Thursday 30 June 2016 the WWF’s Furniture and Forests Workshop 'How UK businesses can support better forest futures' will take place at The Crystal exhibition centre in London.

The event will focus on the furniture sector – manufacturing and retail - deepening some key topics like: EUTR, sustainability, responsible sourcing, risk management and  brand reputation.

The WWF workshop will also provide the opportunity to network, share views and experiences and identify common.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BMF) members can reserve a place by the 19th of May 2016 here.

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PEFC UK Annual Stakeholder Day | 5 July 2016 | London

The PEFC UK Annual Stakeholder Day will take place on Tuesday 5 July 2016 at the Society of Chemical Industry in London.

The event will focus on Market Drivers for Certified Products with speakers highlighting the market-based initiatives that are driving demand for certified products, sustainable forest management and the global role PEFC plays in developing certified forests.  

The keynote speaker will be Ignacio Gavilan, Director of Sustainability for the influential global industry group, the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). The CGF brings together more than 400 retailers, manufacturers and service providers, including major brands such as Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, L’Oreal, Nestle, P&G, Tesco and Asda-WalMart. Gavilan leads the CGF’s Sustainability team, which aims to position the consumer goods industry as a leader in protection against climate change and reducing waste. Ignacio will speak on: ‘Zero Net Deforestation by 2020’, and the importance of sourcing pulp, paper and packaging responsibly. CGF recognises the role that forest certification schemes such as PEFC’s can play in providing companies with verification of legality and providing a low risk of controversial sources.

Other speakers include Martyn White of the John Lewis Partnership, who will provide a retail perspective on managing risk and enhancing brand value through responsible sourcing plus Steve Cook of Willmott Dixon, who will highlight what the UK construction sector is doing to ensure the timber it sources comes from well-managed forests. Riikka Joukio of Metsäboard and the WBCSD Forest Solutions Group, will urge the packaging sector and its customers to actively support sustainable forest management certification. PEFC International’s Sarah Price will complete the speaker line up, delivering an update on PEFC’s work to grow certified forests to meet customer demand.  

"More and more companies from SMEs to global brands are keen to demonstrate that the forest products they use come from certified sustainable sources. Consumers are increasingly conscious of the impact of their purchasing decisions and we hope those joining us for this year’s stakeholder event will gain a better understanding of the role market-based initiatives play  in helping to secure a healthy future for the world’s forests", said PEFC UK Chairman Ross Bradshaw.

For more information contact PEFC at [email protected] or visit the website

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FSC webinars on risk assessment for sourcing controlled wood | 16-17 March 2016

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International has launched a new series of webinars dedicated to risk assessments for material originating from unacceptable sources.

In particular they will focus on revised controlled wood standard FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood. Main topics covered include: - How risk assessments are developed by FSC; - How risk assessments developed by FSC should be used by organizations implementing the revised controlled wood standard; - How organizations can conduct risk assessments for the origin of material when no FSC risk assessment exists for a particular area.

The risk assessments are part of the due diligence system implemented by organizations applying the revised controlled wood standard to avoid material from unsustainably managed sources. They comprise risk assessments developed, and currently being developed, by FSC, as well as risk assessments conducted by other organizations.

The sessions have been scheduled at various times on 16 and 17 March 2016 to accommodate stakeholders in different time zones.

Find out more or register here.

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