This guide focuses on 10 key issues, formulated as essential questions, central to the sustainable procurement of wood and paper-based products.
Wood and paper-based products can be an environmentally and socially sound purchasing option.
The essence of sustainable procurement is to select these products with acceptable and even beneficial environmental and social impacts. While sustainable procurement is an investment in a better world, it is also an investment in a better bottom line.
Sourcing and Legality Aspects
Where do the products come from?
Is information about the products credible?
Have the products been legally produced?
Sustainable Forest Management
Have forests been sustainably managed?
Unique Forest Values
Have unique forest values been protected?
Have climate issues been addressed?
Have appropriate environmental controls been applied?
Have fresh and recycled fiber been used appropriately?
Have other resources been used appropriately?
Have the needs of local communities or indigenous peoples been addressed?