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What they're doing

BMF’s Charter for members conveys the need for commitment to sustainability in the merchant sector and helps promote better and best industry practices.

Timber is a core product category for general builder’s merchants, and they will be working to encourage merchants to consider environmental and sustainability issues as part of their purchasing policy.

How they're doing it

For both organisations, the reciprocal arrangement to be associate members with each other is a first and is about pro-active, supportive encouragement leveraging expertise and audiences from one another.

We provide a framework that enables companies to identify and move away from materials coming from unknown or unacceptable sources. Together, BMF and GFTN-UK will convey the need for commitment to sustainability in the merchant sector and work towards bringing about better and best industry practices. GFTN-UK will share its expertise and knowledge with BMF members, helping them to exercise due diligence on their supply chains for forest goods.

As part of BMF's commitment to work more on the responsible timber agenda, they marked the start of their GFTN Associate status by holding their BMF Timber Forum on 10th May 2016 at our inspirational HQ and visitor centre, the Living Planet Centre in Woking, Surrey.

Why they're doing it

Responsible purchasing is one of BMF’s key goals for the industry.  Many merchants already consider sustainability as a matter of course, but BMF has a responsibility to encourage every one of them to do so. GFTN-UK can help them ask the right questions to find out where their products are coming from, so they'll know if they're sourcing from sustainable forests.