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Sustainable Purchasing Procedure

Sustainable Construction

Purchasing sustainable timber from certified sources in construction and maintenance projects:
Snowik is committed to using sustainable timber and requires contract administrators, other construction professionals and contractors individually and jointly to demonstrate that their projects use only sustainable timber. The most effective way of doing this is by using timber with a “chain of custody” (CoC) certification allowing the timber to be traced to its forest of origin.

Procedure note for Snowik staff

  1. Include the following timber clause in specifications:
    1. All timber and timber sheet materials to be from a sustainable source. Materials which cannot demonstrate this must not be used.
    2. Sustainability should be demonstrated with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain of custody (CoC) certification. Partial FSC CoC or other proof of sustainability may be used with the prior written approval of Snowik purchaser if it can be demonstrated that the full chain is not available.
    3. Environment Statements from suppliers alone are not to be used to demonstrate that materials are from a sustainable source.
  2. The following text should be noted in purchasing sources from timber suppliers:
    Snowik is committed to purchasing timber from accredited sustainable sources, and is seeking suppliers who will assist in achieving this aim.
  3. Contract Monitoring
    The recipient at snowik is expected to confirm the use of sustainable timber. This should be by sight of the relevant delivery notes and invoices, and taking note of the FSC CoC number and other proof of sustainability. Invoices and delivery notes should clearly state the chain of custody number and certified scheme e.g. FSC. Where the number of invoices is high and therefore it is not practical to check each Note: for tropical hardwoods, the requirement for certification is the only practicable assurance of sustainability because of the extent of timber smuggling and the high risks to rainforests.

Policy background

Snowik brief on timber policies, certification systems and other claims of timber sustainability:

Forests Forever

Forests Forever, a Timber Trade Federation scheme is based on members of the supply chain having sustainable timber policies. Whilst this scheme is becoming more robust, verification that the policies are being implemented is dependent on timber merchants and end users.

Illegal Timber and Timber from Legal Sources

Timber from illegal sources must not be used in Snowik projects. Any timber used must be shown to come from legal sources.

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