GFTN's Guide to Legal and Responsible Sourcing



Posted on 17 June 2010
GFTN’s interactive Guide to Legal and Responsible Sourcing of forest products combines the wisdom previously contained in GFTN’s resources on legality and responsible procurement into a single, more in-depth resource to help companies develop their own systems to exercise due diligence on legal and responsible sourcing and navigate the complex and fast-changing regulatory and legislative landscape governing trade in timber and timber products.

Only a click away, this online resource is a vital and indispensable tool to anyone who purchases forest products, including processors, importers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. Features of this interactive tool include:
  • Comprehensive and integrated advice on how to develop your own due diligence system to practice legal and responsible sourcing of forest products
  • National indicators and verifiers for legality — GFTN and TRAFFIC's Common Legality Framework — which is comprised of several broad principles of legality, each supported by individual criteria and indicators linking the principle to existing legislation
  • New guidance on addressing legality in major timber producing and exporting countries with a particular focus on developing countries with high biodiversity forests where illegal logging and trade are known to be a significant concern
  • New guidance on market based legislation, including the US Lacey Act, EU Timber Regulation and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act
  • Ability to print and bookmark specific sections of interest and search a number of key terms, enabling the user to both easily access the overall concepts and drill deeper on specific issues
  • Instant access other online resources, offering a greater depth to the understanding of aspects of responsible sourcing of forest products.


Only a click away, this online resource is a vital and indispensable tool to anyone who purchases forest products, including processors, importers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.
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