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Timber legality for wood and wood products

Posted on
12 June 2013
Vietnam is a key supplier of IKEA, with suppliers depending most on the sources of domestic processed and imported materials. Because the source of certified materials accounts a very modest proportion, if IKEA doesn’t want his reputation to be affected, the uncertified materials needs proving legal origin.

On the other hand, the application of the EU’s Accountability and the U.S Lacey Act requires that the importers of timber and timber products who want to keep these markets must keep their chain of custody and their timber from illegal timber and ensure the transparency of the entire chain of custory from forest to warehouses.

IKEA and WWF, under project "Promoting Responsible Forest Management and Restoration in Vietnam", worked with strategic suppliers, directly and indirectly shares IKEA’s opinions, points out the inadequacies in the chain of custory according to Lacey Act and the Accountability which needs addressing through capacity building. This process is carried out through the following steps: (i) analyze the shortcomings and propose training needs done in June and July 2010; (ii) compile training documents in order to equip necessary knowledge for IKEA’s direct and indirect suppliers on Lacey Act, FLEGT and the timber legality in accordance with Vietnam’s current laws, and (iii) train IKEA’s direct and indirect suppliers these aforementioned understandings. This document is for those above countries (ii) with three main parts:

1. Strengthening forest law enforcement, goverance and trade (FLEGT)
2. U.S Lacey Act
3. General guidance on timber legality.