Planet

Understanding and managing the impact we have on the environment and striving for continuous improvement is a significant part of our overall approach to doing business responsibly.

We recognise and aim to show that our goods are produced in an environmentally responsible manner. To do this and respond to our customers' needs and expectations, we must keep sight of the wide range of raw materials; production processes and countries of operation in producing our goods.

Sustainable Purchasing:

Wood is nature's own material. As trees grow, they help reduce climate change by absorbing and storing CO2 away. Wood helps reduce climate change when it is used instead of other more energy-intensive materials or as biomass energy instead of fossil fuels.

Wood has obvious advantages over other materials: It has the potential to regenerate and is therefore renewable, waste can be reused, it can be recycled, is biodegradable and non toxic.

Timber provides a material which is strong, light, durable and attractive, but additionally provides important benefits to the environment. We recognise that timber, as a building material, is a truly renewable resource when properly managed.

As a company, we have always tried to source our materials as environmentally friendly as possible. Our business partnerships with suppliers have been forged over decades.

The relationships we have developed with our suppliers and customers have enabled us to provide clear information about the source of our timber products wherever possible. We endeavour to obtain clear objective evidence of good forest management practise from the original source. As we develop relationships with suppliers, we will partner suppliers who provide the objective evidence first, but will support and encourage suppliers who demonstrate the desire and commitment for higher standards of forest management.

As a company, we have pushed for a formal commitment to the environment from the industry. We fully endorse the requirements of chain of custody schemes, and have systems and procedures in place to meet the demands of the chain of custody requirements.

We have chain of custody certification available at all locations.

OUR AIMS:

We recognise that all the activities of our Group have some impact on the environment. Our aims are:

Timber Trade Federation's (TTF) Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP)

Consumers, business, NGOs and governments are all increasingly aware of the importance of responsible timber purchasing. Timber has been shown in numerous studies to be more environmentally friendly than competitor material but it is vital that steps are taken to source timber responsibly from suppliers.

The Timber Trade Federation is taking a leading role to ensure that timber and timber products have been sourced to the UK market in a responsible way. During Neil Donaldson's tenure as President of the TTF, he was instrumental in having the Responsible Purchasing Policy a mandatory requirement of membership.

What is EUTR Regulation?

From 3rd March 2013, the EU Regulation No 995/2010 of the European Parliament (commonly referred to as EUTR) comes into force. This regulation concerns operators who place illegally harvested timber and timber products on the market. This is controlled through three key obligations:

Which products does the Regulation cover?

The Regulation covers a broad range of timber products including solid wood products, flooring, plywood, pulp and paper. The Regulation applies to both imported and domestically produced timber and timber products.

How does this affect Donaldson's supply

At Donaldson's we are confident that the management systems we have put in place will ensure we meet the EU Timber Regulation. We do not anticipate any issues with compliance in March 2013.