Timber sourcing policy unclear

More than two thirds of furniture retailers have no published policy or other credible sourcing information for the timber used in their products, or have policies but provide no performance data, research for WWF has found. 

Of 74 UK furniture retailers assessed by the campaign group, 39 could not be rated (53%), as they had not made even the most basic reference to responsible sourcing. These include brands such as DFS, Sofa Workshop, Habitat, Dreams, Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

A further 11 brands (15%) made only incidental reference to timber sourcing. This group included Laura Ashley, made.com, Oak Furnitureland and Next. Although these retailers had some knowledge of responsible timber sourcing issues they had failed to pursue credible policies or to communicate effectively what they are doing, WWF concluded. 

The low number of retailers disclosing such information suggests that they do not see the need for responsible sourcing of timber, said WWF. 

The research by the conservation NGO identified ten retailers that had scored a maximum rating and are near compliant ...

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