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FSC is currently the only organisation offering a credible worldwide timber certification scheme for all forest types, and as such has already received endorsement and active commitment from a wide range of respected organisations

Following BLL's successful delivery in 2007 of the world's first FSC certified commercial property - at One Wood Street, London EC2 - the construction company has now achieved the FSC Chain of Custody certification for its corporate procedure, which is being rolled out across the business.

Based on the model used at One Wood Street, BLL is implementing FSC Chain of Custody through the business, its contractors and supply chain. BLL is training employees and contractors in the procurement and use of FSC timber, while also working with suppliers to help them meet FSC requirements for BLL's supply chain accreditation.

Sam Hall, BLL's senior sustainability manager, said: "The certification adds real value to our service offering by clearly demonstrating to clients that we can competently deliver FSC certified buildings.

Beck Woodrow, FSC UK's construction adviser, said: "I am delighted that Bovis Lend Lease has become the first major UK contractor to achieve FSC Chain of Custody certification. The energy and dedication they have given to ensuring that increasing amounts of FSC timber are used, and in bringing suppliers on board, is truly inspiring and should be an example to the rest of the construction sector of what can be done. Having Chain of Custody certification - complete from forest to building site - gives assurance that the timber used today comes from forests which will be protected for the future."

Julia Young, WWF-UK's FTN manager said: "This is a great achievement by Bovis Lend Lease, and I hope that more construction companies in the UK will now adopt this approach."

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