Timber Purchasing & Environment


Timber Certification

Snows Timber is a Timber Trade Federation Responsible Purchaser and holds chain of custody certification under both FSC® and PEFC™ schemes.
  • FSC

    FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests.

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  • PEFC

    PEFC is the world's largest forest certification organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.

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  • Timber Trade Federation

    TTF members are committed to sourcing their timber from legal and sustainable sources.

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  • WWF

    Snows Timber has signed up to the WWF-UK Forests Campaign. Click on the logo to find out more.

Timber Purchasing Policy

The ultimate responsibility for forest policy lies with the sovereign government and people of forested countries. They have the task of balancing environmental, economic, social and political needs.

Nevertheless, Snows Timber believes that it has a responsibility to its customers, suppliers and staff to base its commercial activities on certified sustainably-managed forests. Snows Timber will always give preference to purchasing timber & wood products from certified sources.

Snows Timber is a signatory to the WWF-UK Forests Campaign Pledge, to purchase all timber & wood products from sustainable sources by 2020. Its purchasing has already reached 99% from sustainable sources. The company is actively working to replace the final 1%.

Snows Timber does not source wood or wood products from the following:

  • Wood harvested from forest areas where traditional or civil rights are violated.
  • Wood harvested from non-certified forest areas having high conservation values which are threatened.
  • Wood harvested from genetically modified (GM) trees.
  • Illegally harvested wood.
  • Natural forest that has been converted to plantations or non-forest use.
  • Areas violating any of the ILO Core Conventions, as defined in the ILO declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work 1998.

Snows Timber holds chain of custody certification under both FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) and PEFC™ (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) systems, and is a Timber Trade Federation Responsible Purchaser. This means we undertake all due diligence required under the European Timber Regulation (EUTR): all our purchasing complies with the EUTR.

Caring for the environment

The Directors of the Company aim to carry out all activities in line with best environmental practice with regard to Transport, Timber Treatment, Dust and Sound Limitation.

Recycling of all waste material is pursued through local recycling initiatives and packaging waste sought in line with Packaging Waste Regulations.

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