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EU TIMBER REGULATION (EUTR)
We are signatories to the Timber Trade Federation's Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP) - a robust due diligence system that allows us to ensure that everything we source is EUTR compliant as a minimum.
What is the EU TIMBER REGULATION?
Effective March 3, 2013 EU member states have brought into force national legislation to implement the EU Timber Regulation (EU No 995/2010 (1) and implementing Regulation EU No 607/2012)(1). The purpose of this regulation is to prohibit the importation of illegally sourced wood products into the EU.
Any company that imports wood products from any country outside of the EU is responsible for ensuring the legal origin of such wood by operating a robust due diligence process. EU member states are expected to randomly test imports on a regular basis and follow up where concerns regarding possible illegality exist.
Member states will also be obliged to actively investigate the legality of any imports where “whistle-blowers” have raised concerns. It can be expected that civil society organizations will make use of this option.
How does Danzer ensure EUTR compliance?
Any wood product that Danzer imports into the EU is subject to the Danzer Due Diligence Process to assure legality based on all information available.
Danzer UK are signatories of the UK Timber Trade Federation's Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP) since its inception. The RPP is an acknowledged due diligence tool within which we can identify and eliminate the risk of illegal timber entering our supplier chain.
Following the EU Timber Regulation, Art. 6(1), we obtain and evaluate:
- all necessary information concerning the wood and wood products, such as country of harvest, species, quantity, details of the supplier and documentation or other information indicating compliance with the national legislation;
- systematic assessment of the risk of illegal timber in the supply chain based on information identified above and taking into account all relevant criteria set out in the regulation;
- implementation of risk mitigation measures and procedures if risk is identified, including requiring additional information or documents and/or requiring 3rd party verification. This specifically includes measures to exclude with a high probability the risks of falsified documents and certificates.
Ahead of any procurement commitment, a risk assessment establishes the level of potential legality risks that may arise from the respective wood species, country of origin, forest of origin, or supplier.
In case of potential risks, Danzer gives preference to procure goods supplied with an internationally acknowledged certificate confirming legality as a minimum requirement (such as TLTV-VLC, OLB, Rainforest Alliance VLC or NEPCon LegalSource) or preferably a confirmation of both legality and responsible forest management (such as PEFCTM, FSC®*, or SFI certification). Danzer verifies the correctness of all certificates.
If such certificates cannot be obtained, Danzer will either initiate its own audit procedures to verify legality or forego the proposed procurement.
The above provides the assurance you need that any timber product supplied by Danzer has been legally sourced.
Danzer UK sign up to WWF's Forest Campaign.
We have recently signed up to the WWF's Forest Campaign and would encourage others to do the same and help protect the world's rainforests by promoting sustainable forestry.
- Danzer UK FSC Certificate
- Danzer UK PEFC Certificate
- Danzer UK BM TRADA Forest Products Certificate
- Danzer UK ISO Proc Lumber_Certificate Nov 2012-2015
- Danzer UK TTF Responsible Timber Purchaser
- Danzer UK TTF Membership Certificate
- Danzer UK 2015 Purchases Summary
- Danzer Code of Conduct
- Danzer Sustainability Agenda and the EU Timber Regulation