The award for Achievement in Sustainability went to TFT and Premier Forest Products
The award for Achievement in Sustainability went to TFT and Premier Forest Products for bringing the first Chinese plywood legally verified under Smartwood's VLO to the UK.
Photo credit: TTJ
At the annual Timber Trade Journal Award Ceremony in September, TTJ acknowledged TFT and Premier Forest Products work in assisting their supplier, Jiangsu Sainty Bancom, a Chinese plywood producer to achieve the first ever Verified Legal Origin (VLO) product from China. The award highlighted this landmark success in bringing together timber from multiple countries and forest sources into a single legally verified product, demonstrating that it is possible to ensure the legality of even composite wood products like plywood using a robust and transparent supply chain.
This accomplishment was made possible through a partnership between TFT and Premier in the UK, in collaboration with Jiangsu Sainty Bancom a group of poplar farmers in China and Sabah Forest Industries (SFI) in Malaysia.
TFT, through the EU funded Timber Trade Action Plan (TTAP) provided technical assistance throughout the entire supply chain, helping to improve management, implement traceability and document systems in order to achieve the requirements of Rainforest Alliances', SmartWood Verified Legal Origin (VLO) standard.
See more on the project here.
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