Throughout 2012, the UK Timber Trade Federation has been focusing on improving the implementation of due diligence conducted by its members.
This has been a mandatory requirement of the TTF’s code of conduct since 2010.
The team has primarily been working with members to improve the timing of their due diligence assessment requirements by bringing the process forward and embedding it into their pre-contract negotiations and purchasing activities. TTF members have a head start on many non-TTF members, as they now have two years’ worth of due diligence information about their supply chains and are using the information to proactively work with suppliers to ensure that the products they are placing on the market from March 2013 are considered as negligible risk in view of the EUTR.
This work has been undertaken through workshops as well as written and visual changes to the TTF website about the Responsible Purchasing Policy system. As part of this ongoing work, the TTF has promoted TTAP as a credible and effective way to mitigate the risk of illegal sources of raw material entering their supply chains in any of the TTAP focus countries. To date, the main interest for UK TTF members in TTAP 2 has been their Chinese suppliers.
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