19th October 2015
We’ve become the first major UK homebuilder to score a coveted ‘Three Trees’ from WWF for our commitment to using sustainable timber.
The world’s leading independent conservation organisation WWF is calling on all UK companies to commit to buying sustainable timber and timber products and inform their customers of where timber is sourced so they can make informed purchase decisions.
The Timber Scorecard assesses UK retailers, manufacturers and traders that buy timber on their policies and performance.
Each company is awarded a score from zero to three trees, the latter reserved for those who source over 70% certified sustainable wood and have policies and control systems in place.
Just 34 companies nationwide scored top marks in the latest round of results, announced in October 2015.
Our research and sustainability director Nigel Smith said: “We are delighted to have been awarded ‘Three Trees’ from WWF, the highest score achievable. We are the only major homebuilder to receive maximum marks. Timber is an important element of our construction process and we recognise the importance of utilising only timber from credible, certified legal and well managed sources. We are also a proud member of the WWF-UK Forest & Trade Network.”
The world’s forests are shrinking fast – and demand for wood is set to triple by 2050. The UK is one of the largest importers of timber in Europe and, as companies, we all play an important role in influencing the global market.
To find out more about the Timber Scorecard visit: www.wwf.org.uk.