Delivering to global standards
In order to process wood, carefully extracting the natural wonder that is present in a tropical forest is not enough. Respect of law and regulation, compliance with legality and trade standards are key.
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Interholco’s contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Our due diligence in procuring legal timber
Since 2006, we have put in place a legality verification system for our wood products. The system comprises a due diligence process to audit the legality of procurement sources and progressively increase the volume of 3rd party legality verified timber sources, adding physical, on-the-ground audits of our suppliers - desktop research alone is not sufficient.
Access to information describing the wood and wood products, such as country of harvest, forest of harvest, species, quantity, details of the supplier and information on compliance with the national legislation.
Systematic assessment of the risk of illegal timber in the supply chain, based on information identified in Step 1 and taking into account criteria set out in the EU Timber Regulation and US Lacey Act.
Implementation of risk mitigation measures and procedures if high risk is identified, including requiring additional documents and/or 3rd party verification.
Where non negligible risk has been identified, detailed risk assessment of each supplier. Suppliers must sign a declaration of legality. If risk is still identified, we either request 3rd party verification or audit suppliers.
We were the first company to acquire legality certification in 2014, demonstrating that our due diligence system complied with EUTR requirements1.
1EU Timber Regulation No. 995/2010 laying down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the EU market.