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  • Author(s): 
    Jonathan Mason

    The introduction of demand-side wood legality policies, such as the 2008 amendment to the United States Lacey Act and the 2013 European Union Timber Regulation, fundamentally shifted business-as-usual for buyers of wood and wood products. To comply with these regulations, businesses must exercise due care to ensure that the operations of their entire upstream supply chain have been legally compliant.

  • Author(s): 
    Loretta Cheung

    Illegal logging has long been an environmental concern, as well as a widespread organized crime and governance problem.  In recent years, avoiding illegal wood has also become a significant issue for businesses in the forest products sector.  The U.S. Lacey Act, European Union Timber Regulation and Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act require anyone importing wood to know where their products are coming from and take steps to eliminate illegal wood from their supply chains.

  • Author(s): 
    Loretta CheungRuth Nogueron

    Illegal logging drives deforestation in many countries, robbing national governments and local communities of valuable income and contributing to global biodiversity loss and climate change. Experts estimate that up to 10 percent—or about $7 billion—of the global wood supply is sourced illegally—meaning that the wood was harvested in violation of national laws or international agreements to which a country is party to.

  • Author(s): 
    World Business Council for Sustainable Development

    On November 4, 26 members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group released a leadership statement, committing to significantly scale up sustainable forest management. These 26 members are responsible for nearly 40% of annual global forest, paper, and packaging sales. 

    To read the full story on WBCSD's website, click here

  • Author(s): 
    Caitlin Clarke

    U.S. federal authorities recently executed search warrants at two Virginia facilities belonging to Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc., the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in the United States. Lumber Liquidators said in a press release last month that the raids were related “to the importation of certain of the Company’s wood flooring products,” but did not explain further.

  • Author(s): 
    Ruth NogueronLoretta Cheung

    Brazil is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. What is less known is that the country is the fourth largest industrial roundwood (timber left as logs, not sawn into planks) and wood pulp producer and ninth largest paper producer in the world. Brazil’s forest sector contributed 5 percent to the national gross domestic product in 2012. Brazil’s forests are not only home to communities and a haven for biodiversity, they are also part of the country’s economic backbone.

  • Author(s): 
    Ruth Nogueron

    As the old adage suggests, it is important to see the forests for more than just the trees. While an estimated 500 million people depend directly on forests for their livelihoods, the entire world depends on them for food, water, clean air, and vital medicines. Forests also absorb carbon dioxide, making them critical to curbing climate change.

  • Author(s): 
    Ruth Nogueron

    Disney, one of the world’s largest media companies, made a big announcement today that can help the company move in a more sustainable direction when it comes to paper sourcing and use. This is a positive step toward environmental leadership by a company whose name is familiar to people around the globe.

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