Helping Procurement Professionals to Make Sustainable Decisions

Informed procurement choices can support sustainable forest management, help protect workers’ health and the rights of those who depend on forests. Increasingly, those involved in public sector and corporate purchasing are setting ambitious targets which aim to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains.

The ‘Sustainable Procurement Guide for Wood and Paper-based Products’ from the World Resources Institute (WRI) & World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is designed to help procurement professionals do just this, enabling them to make informed choices and gain a better understanding of the challenges involved in the development and implementation of procurement policies for paper, packaging and solid wood products.

With the launch of the new WRI and WBCSD infographic, procurement professionals can now get a better understanding of the concept at a glance, as they are taken through the ten things they need to know about sourcing wood and paper-based products: from environmental protection to local communities.

For a company sourcing wood-based products, knowing their supply chains helps to increase transparency and reduce risks. By sourcing these products from responsibly-managed PEFC-certified forests, organizations can demonstrate their support for well-managed forests while helping to grow markets for certified forest products.

The Guide identifies 10 key aspects, including legal, environmental and social issues, that underpin sustainable sourcing of wood and paper based products and provides useful tools to tackle these challenges:

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