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The Global Forest & Trade Network-UK (GFTN-UK) was founded in 1991 to create a thriving, mainstream market for environmentally and socially responsible forest products. By working with UK-based organisations, GFTN-UK harnesses their purchasing power and influence to stimulate real change within the global timber trade and put an end to illegal logging and forest destruction.

For more than 20 years, WWF has assisted businesses in exercising due diligence on their supply chains for forest goods, and helped them make a difference in the global market through prioritising sourcing from legal and sustainably-managed forests.

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

By being a part of the GFTN, businesses help create market conditions that conserve the forests, rather than creating the conditions to degrade them, while also providing socio-economic benefits to the local and global communities that depend on the ecosystem services that forests provide.  To understand more about what GFTN-UK works to protect, head over to our Forests page.

How to get involved

While galvanising real change in the market, GFTN also opens the door to a number of other benefits to businesses, and not just to the end users, but to those involved throughout the entire supply chain.

We support and facilitate greater coordination of efforts to expand responsible and credibly certified forest management and trade. If you are interested in learning more about GFTN-UK please contact us at: gftn@wwf.org.uk.

What is required of businesses?

To achieve change, the role of GFTN participants is two-fold.

Procurement: a step-wise approach to:

  • Assess timber/paper supply chains and eliminate any illegal, unwanted or controversial sources
  • Increase sourcing of credibly certified and/or recycled timber/paper products

 

Communication:

  • Make clear public statements of their commitment to sustainable timber/paper sourcing
  • Publish an annual statement of performance on sustainable sourcing and progress in improving the nature of forest goods across supply chains