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BWF publishes new action plan to keep on growing Woodworking sector

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has published an action plan which spells out its priorities for 2017/18 and reviews the key achievements of the past 12 months.

Through the plan, the BWF aims to keep on growing the market for wood products, developing a well-equipped workforce, and influencing change in the new political environment.

In details, the Federation committed to help members meet the challenges of the new skills landscape and manage all accidents out of their businesses through the Health & Safety Hero Campaign.

Other priorities for the year ahead include driving new business to members and championing high standards for UK joinery through the BWF’s Code of Conduct and the schemes: the Wood Window Alliance, BWF Certifire Fire Door & Doorset Scheme and the BWF Stair Scheme.

Sean Parnaby, BWF President and Managing Director of West Port Timber Windows & Doors said: “We have seen a huge amount of change since the last plan was published, and I am delighted to see that many of the ambitious tasks set out there have been accomplished."

“There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic. We are seeing new competition emerging, reshaping the industry and driving us onwards. As the number one information point on woodworking matters, the BWF has never been more successful in providing clear guidance to members, designers, specifiers and increasingly to the general public, through initiatives such as Fire Door Safety Week and BWF Stair Scheme Manager Hannah Mansell’s recent appearance on the BBC’s Jeremy Vine show."

“The BWF is keeping its members ahead of the curve on emerging areas such as materials health and life cycle analysis with additional resources set to be launched over the next few months."


Mr Parnaby also mentioned the efforts undertaken by the BWF - alongside partner organisations such as the Timber Trade Federation, the Structural Timber Association and the Builders Merchants Federation - to grow the entire UK timber supply chain through the CTI. “The UK joinery industry has a stronger voice now than ever before, and BWF will be redoubling its efforts with the wider supply chain through the Confederation of Timber Industries to fight for the economy we need for our businesses to prosper.”

To read the full BWF Action Plan 2017/18, click here.

 

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Double certified forests on the rise, joint PEFC / FSC data report

The two largest forest certification schemes - PEFC and FSC - have agreed to jointly collect and publish data on double certification, starting from 2016 onwards.

More than 69 million hectares (or 16%) of all certified forests globally are double certified to both PEFC and FSC. This is an increase of 30 million hectares compared to data collected by PEFC in 2012.

Double certification exists because foresters in different parts of the world have chosen to use both PEFC and FSC certification for their forest management units to prove their sustainable forest management practices. As their respective certified forest area appears in both the PEFC and the FSC statistics, this has led to inflated numbers of the total global certified area. 

PEFC and FSC therefore decided to work together to provide a more accurate and mutually agreed estimate for the total global certified area.

"From a global point of view, resources invested in certifying already certified forest area are resources that are not invested in certifying new forest area as sustainably managed," said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International.

"Our common goal should be to expand sustainable forest management and to increase the availability of certified forest products. Adding one label on top of another label doesn't help us in achieving this objective," added Mr. Gunneberg.

"One cause of double certification is market access, and here companies have a role to play: by accepting both PEFC and FSC, they remove the pressure on forest owners to double certify.”

“In turn, this will help precious financial resources to be focused on expanding certification to forests that are not yet certified to either system," Mr. Gunneberg concluded.  

The mutually agreed data on double certification provides reliable information on the extent of the total global certified forest area to intergovernmental processes and global initiatives such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other interested parties.

The data collected for 2016 shows that double certification exists in 28 countries. Removing double certification from the statistics shows that a total of 429 million hectares of forests are certified globally. 70% of these forests have a PEFC certificate.

With this agreement, FSC and PEFC also wish to avoid misunderstandings about the current statistics on forest certification when the data from FSC and PEFC are added up.

An estimate of PEFC&FSC certified forest area in 2016 by country is available here.

 

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BWF launches its 2017 Awards to showcase UK joinery excellence

The Brititish Woodworking Federation (BWF) has officially opened the call for entries for the BWF Awards 2017.

The Awards are designed to offer a showcase for the joinery and woodworking industry’s best projects, products, processes and people.

Joinery manufacturers, timber door, window and interiors companies, and woodworking experts across the UK are being encouraged to seek recognition through entering this year’s Awards. Entry is free and open to all, including non-members of the BWF so long as they are from the joinery and woodworking sector. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 8th September 2017.

The winners will be announced at the BWF’s Annual Awards Dinner at Drapers’ Hall, London on Friday 24th November. All shortlisted entrants will receive a free place at the event and will have their achievements promoted through a high profile marketing and social media campaign.

Last year’s winning companies included Deacon & Sandys, Howdens Joinery & Norma Doors, Two Twenty Stairs, Kierson, Gowercroft and Law & Lewis. Entries for this year’s awards can be submitted at www.bwf.org.uk/choose-wood/awards.

BWF Chief Executive Iain McIlwee said: “The Awards have never been more important in raising the profile of British joinery - they give great projects, products and people the recognition they deserve, and help joinery businesses benchmark their progress against the very best of the industry.

“Many an experienced joiner would consider the carved and hand finished oak staircase that won last year’s Project of the Year to be something of a one-off, but it was simply the best of a number of breath-taking projects competing for the prize.

“The Awards extend further than showcase projects. Rising stars of the industry are celebrated, innovative product design rewarded and the Process Efficiency Award showcases where businesses have prospered from organisational change to become more profitable, sustainable and productive than ever.

“The joinery industry has never been a safer place to work, but the human cost of poor Health & Safety practice is as high as ever and the financial implications of getting it wrong can be eye-watering. This is why we have the Health & Safety Hero Award - to show how Health & Safety is more than a tick box-exercise.

“Have you worked on an amazing wood project? Does your joinery business have any rising stars within the workforce? We urge all UK woodworking businesses to spare a minute and think about what, or who, they might want to put forward as an entry.

“Shortlisted entries get a free ticket the Awards dinner, so hopefully we’ll be seeing you on 24th November at Drapers’ Hall when the winners are announced.”

 

The BWF Awards 2017 categories:

The Product Design in Wood category (sponsored by Teknos) recognises excellence in technical expertise, application and innovation in joinery product manufacture and design.

The highly prestigious Woodworking Project of the Year (sponsored by Accoya) recognises the very best in design, application or ability in joinery manufacture, and innovation in joinery projects. This award is given every year in memory of John Hedgecock, former technical director at the BWF.

Process Efficiency (sponsored by W18) – recognising lean processes which have improved business performance, including maximising value for money, quality and speed of delivery.

Health & Safety Hero (sponsored by Didac) – acknowledging an individual or collective effort which has made a notable difference to the health and safety practices and culture of a business. The award will be presented in memory of Michael Lee, former membership director at the BWF who passed away last year.

Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by CITB) - celebrating apprentices who have really stood out from the crowd, whether through fantastic feats in their work or extraordinary commitment that adds value to a business.

Trainee of the Year (sponsored by CITB) – also celebrating the work and commitment of those who have entered the joinery industry through alternative routes, including graduates, A-level students and in-house trainees.

 

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BVRio and CINFT establish partnership to assist Chinese traders in sourcing legal timber

The online negotiations platform for wood products BVRio has established a partnership with the Center for International Forest Products Trade (CINFT), State Forestry Administration (SFA), located in the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF).

The memorandum of understanding aims to promote legality in the timber trade sector in China. In particular, the parties will work together to adapt the BVRio Responsible Timber Exchange and Due Diligence and Risk Assessment System to enable Chinese timber traders and buyers to screen legal products. The process is set to be conducted in harmony with the China Responsible Company/Products Platform under development by CINFT and the China Responsible Forest Product Trade and Investment Alliance (China RFA).

The Chinese timber sector transacts significant volumes of timber, both domestically and internationally: China is the second larger global importer of tropical timber and consumes more than 10% of all harvested timber worldwide; the imported timber represents over 50% of the total volumes processed in China; a significant proportion of the timber production in China is exported for a variety of countries, including the European Union and the USA.

"The high rate of illegality affecting the tropical timber sector worldwide makes it urgent to provide the Chinese timber sector with appropriate tools to help importers to identify and avoid illegal timber," underlines BVRio in a news release. "Given the substantial volumes of timber imported by China, the adoption of measures to avoid the import of illegal tropical timber will generate a major positive impact in the global fight against timber illegality. Demonstrating the legality in the supply chain will also help the Chinese timber export sector to comply with requirements of regulated markets such as the EU, USA, Australia and others."

Both BVRio and the Chinese Academy of Forestry have been working to develop tools and systems to assist timber traders in conducting the due diligence and screening timber products for their legality status. This partnership will assist the parties to explore the synergies between their work, to result in wider positive impacts in the Chinese timber sector.   

BVRio's Due Diligence and Risk Assessment tool is an automated system, based on big data analysis and block chain technology, to screen tropical system for legality. Since it was launched in 2015, the system was used by timber traders and regulatory agencies to screen more than 15,000 containers and more than US$ 1 billion worth of timber products.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bvrio-and-cinft-establish-partnership-assist-chinese-traders-sourcing-legal-timber]

PEFC issues its Annual Review 2016

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has released its Annual Review 2016 featuring the most recent achievements of the organization.

2016 saw 300 million hectares of PEFC-certified forest and several new national certifications schemes - from Ghana, Hungary, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Romania and Thailand - joining PEFC.

Moreover a dozen countries - including Cameroon - are now developing national systems and preparing for PEFC membership.

PEFC also launched the revision process of its Sustainability Benchmarks – the standards that form the basis for nearly all PEFC activities.

"As the world changes, best practices and knowledge evolve and society’s expectations grow, we must make sure our standards are the best they can be. The process that will take more than two years, affect the majority of our standards, and involve hundreds of experts and thousands of stakeholders", the organization highlights.

Download the PEFC Annual Review 2016 here.

 

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