WWF Global Forest and Trade Network UK

Rio Negro Forest Reserve, Brazil

What is the WWF GFTN-UK?

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The Global Forest and Trade Network-UK (GFTN-UK) was founded in 1991, originally called the WWF 1995 Group. Its mission is to create a thriving, mainstream market for environmentally and socially responsible forest products through management of the world's production forests by using the purchasing power and influence of UK businesses.

Its founding members' vision was to ensure a businesses timber and paper supplies came from well managed forests, and did not contribute to forest destruction and illegal logging practices.

WWF has been assisting companies for over 20 years to exercise due diligence on their supply chains for forest goods, to help them make a difference in the global market through prioritising sourcing from legal and sustainable forest sources.

As a result, GFTN-UK has become widely recognised as a successful partnership between WWF and business – a partnership that promotes and progresses responsible management of the world’s forests.

Becoming a GFTN-UK participant

Finished, processed certified wood stacked and labelled with details of species and final destination.

Do your customers know you are buying from well managed sources?

Do your customers know you are buying from forest sources that you suspect may need to be improved?

Would you like to know more about forest footprint and forest trade, and the environmental, social and economic issues associated with them?

If your answers to all of these questions are ‘yes’ then GFTN participation could be for you.

Our work with businesses is tailored to identify how to overcome obstacles to responsible purchasing and what support is needed to help achieve and secure change on a case by case basis.

To achieve change, all businesses participating commit to:

  • Make publicly available a clear statement of their timber/paper policy, which must meet GFTN requirements. And an annual statement of progress in improving the nature of forest goods in their supply chains
  • Trace their timber and paper products back to their forest source and eliminate any illegal, unwanted or controversial sources
  • Increasingly source credibly certified and/or recycled timber and paper products
  • Communicate accurately about the forest products they buy and sell.

African mahogany , Entandrophragma cylindricum. Trees such as this one are a major source of African mahogany, an important commercial logging species of Central Africa.

WWF GFTN-UK participants

A list of current participants and their successes.


Get in touch

If your organisation wants to make clear its commitment to responsible forest trade, supporting our call for a fairer and more sustainable global trade for timber, then please contact:

Global Forest Trade Network
01483 412468
gftn@wwf.org.uk