Councils and businesses urged to back industry’s ‘Timber You Can Trust’ campaign

7 June 2017

Councils, businesses and professionals workings with the timber industry are being called upon to support a campaign to highlight the need to source timber responsibly.

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) is asking for people to sign up to its ‘Timber You Can Trust’ campaign.

As councils across the UK commit to build new homes in increasing numbers, the need for sustainably sourced construction materials has also grown.

TTF says it wants to partner with local authorities to ensure that high standards of responsible sourcing are maintained in local government and in procurement policies across the private sector.

Launching the campaign, David Hopkins, TTF’s managing director, said: “I’m excited to be working with local government to increase awareness about the importance of responsible timber sourcing, the good management of forests, and the sustainability of the whole timber supply chain.

“Timber is the world’s leading renewable, low carbon construction material. Responsible procurement is at the heart of a low-carbon future.

“We’ve just seen hundreds of new councillors elected across the country, a lot of whom have come with ambitions of encouraging new sustainable housing developments across their communities. With a General Election just around the corner, there will soon be fresh impetus from a new intake of national policymakers to do the same, and we will be seeking to work with MPs across the UK as well.

“We’re now asking all those who share TTF’s commitment to high standards and who value the benefits of timber to sign up to our Timber Procurement Pledge and buy only ‘Timber You can Trust’.”

All TTF members are required to commit to the TTF’s Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP) – an audited due diligence system