Avon Timber Merchants Sourcing Policy


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Avon Timber Environmental Policy



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Environmental Policy


Avon Timber Merchants Ltd (The Company) recognises that The Company has a responsibility to the environment, customers, suppliers and staff to base its commercial activities on well-managed and sustainable forests.


The Company is committed to purchasing all timber from legal & sustainable sources and unreservedly condemns illegal logging practices and keeps informed of processes and changes in international legislation.


The Company buys and sells Softwood, Hardwood, Sheet Materials, MDF Mouldings, Manufactured Joinery, Fencing and other associated Timber Products into the UK construction and joinery markets.


The Company recognises that the independent certification of the forests and the process chain is the best means of providing assurance that the timber comes from legal and well-managed forests and will purchase certified material wherever possible.


The Company has implemented Chain of Custody (CoC) procedures to ensure that these materials meet the Government and C.P.E.T (Central Point of Expertise in Timber) policy and guidelines on sustainable forest management practices and are obtained from legal and sustainable forest sources.


As part of this system it is the policy of The Company to ensure compliance with the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) criteria. As part of this system it is the policy of The Company to avoid using; timber harvested from forest areas where traditional or civil rights are violated, timber harvested from non FSC certified forest areas having high conservation values which are threatened, timber from genetically modified (GM) trees, illegally harvested timber and natural forest that has been converted to plantations or non-forest use.



Management shall be responsible for implementing this policy and the day-to-day responsibility that this statement is carried out and that The Company CoC certification scheme is maintained in line with the certification body requirements and the Government and C.P.E.T policy.


The Company will work closely with all of its suppliers to encourage greater use of certified timber and timber products so that our continual improvement programme of introducing more certified products can be sustained. In order to achieve this all afore mentioned products, where possible, are sourced and procured from a list of ‘ Approved Suppliers’ that is maintained and updated in accordance with the Company’s CoC scheme requirements. These suppliers will have already achieved CoC certification through a licensed and approved independent third party certification body.


As part of The Company’s CoC scheme it is also a requirement that it maintains records for a minimum of five years, these records include the full detail of all sales and purchases made under this scheme, by definition this requirement will fulfil The Company’s obligations as a “trader” within the EU Timber Regulation; EUTR. The Company is also required under this scheme to be audited on an annual basis by an independent third party auditor.





Ian Charnock

General Manager

11th February 2013



Avon Timber Merchants Ltd.

Commitments for the Responsible Purchasing of Timber and Timber Products



                   Management Structure

  1. The company has appointed a member of senior Management to be responsible for the implementation of this Responsible Purchasing Policy and will ensure that the relevant environmental issues are discussed regularly at the highest level of management. The company will ensure that all employees associated with timber purchasing are aware of the Policy and its commitments, and are given appropriate education and training to allow its full implementation.



  1. The company recognises that it has a responsibility to the environment and its customers, suppliers and staff to base its commercial activities on well managed forests.



            3.         The company is committed to sourcing all timber from legal sources and will seek evidence of compliance from suppliers that they are operating in accordance with the laws of their country. The company unreservedly condemns illegal logging practices and will keep informed of international processes and changes in legislation.


                        Endangered Species

            4.         The company will not source any timber species prohibited under Appendix 1 of the  Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).


                        Traceability and Supplier Monitoring

            5.         The company will seek from suppliers:

                        a).evidence of commitment to continuous improvement in environmental performance.

                        b).clearest practicable information on the sources of wood products

                        c).evidence of good forest management practice at the original source of wood products.


Timber Certification

            6.         The company supports international efforts to improve forest management, for example, the development of credible timber certification schemes. This company recognises that the independent certification of forests and the process chain is the most useful tool for providing assurances that the timber comes from legal and well-managed forests. The company will only accept, or use, labels or certificates which include environmental or sustainability claims - only if these are supported by publicly available standards drawn up in a fully participatory, transparent and objective manner and backed by independent inspection.


                        Avoid Boycotts

            7.         The company will not encourage boycotts or bans on specific species of timber. Notwithstanding this, the company will cease to source any species if its supply is in breach of Commitments 3 and 4 above.


                        Avoid Misleading Claims

            8.         The company will strive at all times to avoid misleading and unsubstantiated environmental claims in relation to wood products supplies.


                        Continuous Improvement

            9.         The company will define its own programmes, and establish its own objectives and targets, to achieve continuous improvement in environmental performance in accordance with this Policy.                          


 Related Documents

Avon Timber and EUTR

Defra Briefing Document on EUTR

EU Timber Regulation Final Version October 2010