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The Forest Legality Initiative is a multi-stakeholder program led by the World Resources Institute.

Our goal is to reduce illegal logging and support the supply of legal forest products.

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In this episode of the WRI Podcast, Lawrence MacDonald sits down with Chip Barber and Austin Clowes of the Forest Legality Initiative to talk about their work on sustainability in the guitar industry.

The music industry sells millions of guitars a year, and the instrument is integral to musical traditions from blues and rock ‘n roll to flamenco and classical music. These traditions rely on specific types of wood, known as tonewoods, to produce the distinctive timbre of the guitar.

Tools & Guides

  • Procurement Guide

    The Sustainable Procurement Guide and resources were developed to assist sustainability officers and business procurement managers, especially major purchasers of wood and paper-based products lacking “in-house” forest and forestry expertise.

  • Risk Tool

    The Risk Tool provides country- and species-focused information to help buyers and importers understand the legal context of the products they buy. The tool helps save time and money in the process of conducting due care and due diligence.