As I am absolutely sure that everyone remembers that FLEGT stands for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade. FLEGT-licensed timber products automatically meet the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation and reduce the risk of illegal material entering your supply chain. So understanding and purchasing FLEGT material for sale in the US is a good risk mitigation tool for Lacey.
The new website www.timberbuyers.flegtlicence.org provides information on the social, environmental and economic benefits of FLEGT-licensed timber. FLEGT is not just focused on timber legality—it looks at many different laws and regulations throughout the supply chain, covering topics from worker safety to taxation, from sustainability to fair benefits for local communities. That can help you relax a bit more about your own supply chain conditions—you still have responsibility to check, but again, an excellent due diligence checkpoint.
The site provides stories that highlight the benefits of FLEGT licensing that you can use for marketing material.
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Elizabeth Baldwin is Environmental Compliance Officer for Metropolitan Hardwood Floors. In her 25 plus year career in the wood industry has visited over 70 countries and hundreds of facilities of all sizes and types. She describes herself as a “jack of all wood trades.” Familiar with jungles of all sorts–having camped out along the Amazon and walked the halls of Congress–she blogs for the NWFA on both environmental and regulatory issues for educational and informational purposes only. Her blog is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. Persons seeking legal advice on compliance with CARB, TSCA, the U.S. Lacey Act or any other law, regulation, or compliance requirement/claim should consult with the regulatory agency directly and/or a qualified legal professional.