Approximately 30% of the world’s land mass is covered by forests. Many of the world’s threatened species and endangered animals live in forests and 1.6 billion people rely on the benefits that forests have to offer, such as food, fresh water and clothing. Forests are also home to much of the world’s biodiversity and play a critical role in mitigating climate change; 15% of greenhouse gas emissions are released as a result of deforestation as carbon is released into the atmosphere.
Timber and wood-based products (including manufactured wood-based fibres such as viscose) derive from forests; the world’s largest and most important eco-systems.
Increasing global demand for low-cost timber products supports a multi-billion dollar business of illegal and unsustainable logging in forests worldwide. The world’s natural forests cannot sustainably meet this soaring global demand for timber products under weak forest management practices, making it critical that we take action to ensure that the wood-based fibres used in our products and packaging are from sustainable sources.
Our Timber and Wood Based Products Policy outlines our responsibility and commitments to ensure that the products we buy are both legal and sustainable, and therefore do not contribute to the devastation caused from deforestation. This policy covers the products we sell, as well as our procurement of goods for our stores and offices.