B&Q becomes first retailer to buy 100 per cent responsibly sourced wood
By Laura Elahi on February 21, 2011
DIY specialists B&Q has just announced that it is the first major UK retailer to only buy timber products from proven responsible sources.
Last year just over 90 per cent of B&Q’s timber products were traceable to responsible sources and from February, the UK’s largest home improvement store can ensure that 100 per cent of timber in their products, can be traced back to well managed sources. As the first major UK retailer to achieve this target, the pressure will now be on for others to follow suit.
From garden furniture to kitchens, over 16,000 products at B&Q contain wood, either as timber or as a wood derivative, and B&Q is now committed to only
buying products that are traceable to sources that have met legal, social and
environmental standards that have been independently verified. B&Q will
continue to work together with suppliers and independent regulators to ensure
full transparency with its timber policy. The policy applies to all timber derived
products and the products obviously derived from trees like sawn timber,
wallpaper, flooring, doors, furniture, hand tools, books, decking, fencing,
firewood, sheds, paint brushes, windows, garden furniture, garden tools and even baths.
The aim of B&Q’s Forest Friendly campaign is to highlight the importance for
people to check the sustainability credentials of timber before they buy, to help
preserve endangered species and habitats and to ensure local communities are
prosperous and protected.
Matt Sexton, director of corporate social responsibility at B&Q commented: “Our Forest Friendly campaign continues to raise awareness of the need for consumers to demand
that their timber products come from well managed sources and now our
customers can shop safe in the knowledge that B&Q only buys products that
conform to this.”
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Published by Laura Elahi on February 21st, 2011