Corporate procurement managers are increasingly looking for ways to ensure that wood and paper-based products are environmentally and socially sound. The WRI/WBCSD procurement guide being released today is a toolbox to help them.
There are several reasons for the shift in procurement practices, including protection of sensitive ecosystems and forests , increasing demand from consumers for sustainable products, reduced costs, and competitive brand positioning. But until recently, finding concise and credible advice on sustainable procurement issues has been a maze for many corporate managers.
That maze becomes a lot simpler today, with the release of the Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-Based Products , a joint report from WRI  and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development  (WBCSD). The report is an overview of sustainable procurement for this sector, together with a virtual rolodex  of 23 purchasing resources and tools, all in one location.
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What are the key issues around sustainable procurement of wood and paper-based products? The Procurement Guide provides a comprehensive overview, and a directory of resources for managers to develop their own purchasing policies.
- Origin : Where do the products come from?
- Information accuracy : Is information about the products credible?
- Legality : Have the products been legally produced?
- Sustainability : Have forests been sustainably managed?
- Special places : Have special places, including sensitive ecosystems, been protected?
- Climate change : Have climate issues been addressed?
- Environmental protection : Have appropriate environmental controls been applied?
- Recycled fiber : Has recycled fiber been used appropriately?
- Other resources : Have other resources been used appropriately?
- Local communities and indigenous peoples : Have the needs of local communities or indigenous peoples been addressed?