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2015 Timber Scorecard

Timber Pledge

Measuring the progress of timber and timber-product buyers on sustainability in 2013-2014

The world’s forests are shrinking fast – and demand for wood is set to triple by 2050. As one of the largest importers of timber in Europe, UK companies play an important role in influencing the global market.

To ensure the long-term health of forests, we're calling on all UK companies to commit to buying sustainable timber and timber products and be transparent about the provenance of what they sell to their customers.

Download the July 2015 Timber Scorecard

What’s the scorecard?

In July 2015, we released our first Timber Scorecard, which assessed 128 UK retailers, manufacturers and traders that buy timber and timber products on their publicly available timber buying policies, and performance from 2013 onwards. The scorecard awards each company a score from zero trees (no apparent progress on sustainable timber and timber products) to three trees, (sourcing over 70% certified sustainable wood and have policies and control systems in place). The scorecard provides a snapshot of company action across size and sector.

In September 2015, this scorecard was reviewed, giving companies a window to improve their scores since the main report out was released. The good news is that 23 companies successfully responded to our call for greater transparency on policy and performance. The new scores can be found further down this page.

We’ll repeat the timber scorecarded in 2017 and 2019, giving companies an opportunity to demonstrate they are taking action and communicate improvement on their buying policies and practices over the longer term.
 

September Review Key Findings


Graph for the timber scorecard 2015

After the review in September 2015:

  • 12 companies moved up to score 3 trees, taking the total to 34
  • 8 companies moved up to score 2 trees, taking the total to 27
  • 3 companies moved up to score 1 tree, taking total to 25
  • And 42 companies remain scoring 0 trees
  The new scores can be found further down this page. You can read our press release here.

Sector results

The findings of the review are as follows:

  • The construction sector continued to have the highest scores, will all companies scoring either “two trees” or “three trees.”
  • Four furniture companies have made improvements to their scores. However, 10 furniture companies remained at zero.
  • Three poor-scoring publishing companies in the July 2015 scorecard improved their scores in this review. However, there are still a number of publishers that remain at zero and need to take action.
  • More than a third of companies still scored zero trees. A high proportion (83%) of the musical instrument companies were in this category. 

Company Results - September 2015 Review

Below you can go straight to the result tables showing the companies classified by their tree score. These tables have been updated to reflect any improvement to scores since the review in September 2015. Please note that smaller companies are anonymised in this report, and do not appear on the tables below.

Skip to the results:

3 trees 2 trees 1 tree Zero trees

Conclusions

The July 2015 scorecard and its review in September 2015 have revealed that although there are companies which have committed to buying sustainable timber and timber products and have made good progress on achieving high proportions of certified timber in their supply chains, a significant number of companies are taking little or no action on sustainable timber. This presents regulatory and reputation risks for their company, as well as an operational risk, since they depend on forest resources for the sustainability of their business. It also fails to support better forest management worldwide, when business action to do so can help tackle global deforestation. 

As a result of the scorecard review in September 2015, 36 companies engaged with us - 19 of those engaging with us for the first time and 23 of them increasing their scores. This outcome has been very encouraging – the companies we are working with can really see the benefits of being transparent about their policies and progress, and their customers are able to make informed choices about the products they are buying.

We will continue to actively engage with some of these companies to provide advice on how they can improve their scores before the next review - and we welcome others to get in touch with us.

If you would like to get advice on your company’s timber procurement, please contact Julia Young. Discover more information on WWF’s Forest and Trade Network here.

Recommendations

Companies should:

  • Publish on their website a clear purchasing policy that prevents illegal timber from entering their supply chain and requires sustainable timber and timber-product purchasing
  • Systematically verify that their products are at a minimum legal, but progressively come from sustainably managed forest sources –prioritise products that are already certified as coming from well-managed forests.
  • Commit to sourcing targets over time for increasing proportions of certified or recycled timber sources
  • Report on targets in their policy in a clear, simple and transparent manner
  • Raise awareness of timber sustainability issues with consumers
We are encouraging companies to sign up to our Forest Campaign to pledge to buy from legal and sustainable sources and play an active part in supporting its work to help protect the world’s forests

Consumers should:
  • Only purchase wood-based products that are from responsible sources – e.g. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or recycled
  • Ask companies where the timber in their products has come from if it isn’t clear in store or on company websites.

UK Government should:

Establish incentives and mechanisms to enable the transition to a market in sustainable timber and timber products by 2020

European Commission should:

Recommend that the scope of the EU Timber Regulation be expanded so that all wood-based products are covered alongside measures to ensure the regulation is being properly implemented and enforced in all 28 member states.

The tables below have changed after a review in September 2015. They now reflect immediate action that some companies took to improve their scores.

We will undertake a full review in in 2017 and 2019, to assess ongoing progress UK business is making in addressing urgent pressures on forests by moving to responsible forest trade.

Company results


Companies that scored 3 trees

This case study has been produced with The Solid Wood Flooring Company, who was awarded “three trees” to give an insight into the necessary policies and processes for companies to ensure a high proportion of their products are certified.

*Following the review in September 2015, these companies have increased their scores.

Company Category Score
B&Q UK Retailer 3
Boots UK Ltd* Retailer 3
Brooks Timber* Timber 3
BSW Timber Group Timber 3
Carillion Construction 3
Danzer* Timber 3
Hallmark Cards Paper, Printing and publishing 3
Immediate Media* Paper, Printing and publishing 3
Kimberly-Clark Europe Paper hygiene products 3
Kingfisher Retailer 3
Lathams* Timber 3
Lend Lease* Construction 3
Little Brown Book Group* Paper, Printing and publishing 3
Mace Group Construction 3
Macmillan Publishers Paper, Printing and publishing 3
Marks & Spencer Retailer 3
Mondi Paper, Printing and publishing 3
Morrisons Retailer 3
Office Depot UK Retailer 3
Penguin Random House* Paper, Printing and publishing 3
Redrow* Construction 3
Sainsbury’s Retailer 3
Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK Builders merchant, Timber 3
SCA Hygiene Paper hygiene 3
Sofidel UK Paper hygiene 3
Steinbeis Papier* Paper, Printing and publishing 3
Tetra Pak Packaging 3
The Co-operative Retailer 3
The Solid Wood Flooring Company Flooring manufacturer 3
Travis Perkins Construction 3
UPM Timber, Paper 3
Waitrose Retailer 3
Williams Lea* Paper, Printing and publishing 3
Willmott Dixon* Construction 3

Companies that scored 2 trees

This case study has been produced with IKEA, who was awarded “two trees” to give an insight into the necessary policies and processes for companies to ensure they are on track to ensure that a high proportion of their products will be certified in a specified timeframe.

*Following the review in September 2015, these companies have increased their scores.

Company Category Score
Antalis* Paper, Printing and publishing 2
Asda Retailer 2
Balfour Beatty Construction 2
Cambridge University Press* Paper, Printing and publishing 2
Crest Nicholson Construction 2
Dunelm* Retailer 2
Guardian Paper, Printing and publishing 2
HarperCollins Paper, Printing and publishing 2
Haymarket Media Group Paper, Printing and publishing 2
Home Retail Group Retailer 2
IKEA Retailer 2
International Greetings* Paper, Printing and publishing 2
John Lewis* Retailer 2
McDonald’s Restaurants 2
Network Rail* Rail infrastructure 2
Nobia UK Manufacturer, Retailer (Kitchens) 2
Pearson Paper, Printing and publishing 2
Polestar UK Print Paper, Printing and publishing 2
Pureprint Group Paper, Printing and publishing 2
Skanska Construction 2
Sky Media 2
Tesco* Retailer 2
Timber Link International Timber 2
UK Greetings* Paper, Printing and publishing 2
Warren Evans Retailer 2
Woodscape Retailer (street furniture) 2
WH Smith Retailer 2

Companies that scored 1 tree

This case study has been produced with Furniture Village, to give an insight into the necessary policies and processes that they will put in place to achieve 100% sustainable timber.

*Following the review in September 2015, these companies have increased their scores.

Company Category Score
Bauer Media Paper, Printing and publishing, Media 1
Bloomsbury Publishing Paper, Printing and Publishing 1
Debenhams Retailer 1
Early Learning Centre (Mothercare) Retailer 1
Feather & Black* Retailer 1
Forest Enterprise, Forestry Commission Timber 1
Furniture Village* Retailer 1
Heals Retailer 1
House of Fraser Retailer 1
Laura Ashley Retailer 1
Matalan Retailer 1
MBNA Bank Europe Banking 1
Next Retailer 1
Octopus Publishing Group Paper, Printing and publishing 1
Orion Publishing Group Paper, Printing and publishing 1
Simon & Schuster* Paper, Printing and publishing 1
Steinhoff (Cargo, Harveys) Retailer 1
The White Company Retailer 1
Toys R Us Retailer 1
Yamaha Musical instruments 1

Companies that scored 0 trees


Company Category Score
A. Share & Sons Ltd (SCS) Retailer 0
Brissi London Retailer 0
Cath Kidston Retailer 0
Clinton Cards Paper, Printing and publishing 0
Dreams Retailer 0
Fender Musical Instruments GBI Musical instruments 0
Finnish Fibreboard Timber 0
Foyles Retailer 0
Hamleys Retailer 0
Harrods Retailer 0
Hearst Paper, Printing and publishing 0
Jansen International Retailer 0
Liberty’s Retailer 0
Muji Retailer 0
Oak Furniture Land Retailer 0
Oxford University Press Paper, Printing and publishing 0
Paperchase Retailer 0
Roset Retailer 0
Sportswift Ltd (inc. Card Factory) Paper, Printing and publishing 0
Tanglewood Guitars Musical instruments 0
The Entertainer Retailer 0
The Sofa Workshop Retailer 0
Waterstones Retailer 0