In New Zealand, we have been an active member of the NZ Imported Tropical Timber Group (ITTG) since 2001 and we continue to work collaboratively with government and environmental organisations to promote responsibly sourced timber.In November 2012 we welcomed the passing of Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill and we are now playing an active role in work aimed at supporting the implementation and education of this legislation for industry and consumers.
We are confident that more than 99 per cent of timber products are confirmed as originating from low-risk sources including plantation, verified legal, or certified responsibly sourced forests. Within that, more than 85 per cent of our total timber products are sourced from independently certified forests or sourced with demonstrated progress towards achieving independent certification, such as that provided by the Forest Stewardship Council® and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC).
In May 2018, Bunnings NZ achieved chain of custody certification for 3 Trade Centres (East Tamaki, Auckland; Naenae, Wellington and Hornby, Christchurch) to support commercial Greenstar and residential Homestar building projects.
We continue to seek advice from Greenpeace and WWF on our procurement and we remain grateful for their ongoing support. In 2014, we undertook a forest concession field trip with WWF to a supplier of Kwila timber in West Papua, Indonesia.We are proud that our long term efforts and commitment to timber procurement has provided customers and team members with the knowledge that our timber is responsibly sourced.
The FSC® logo identifies products from forests that are certified against a set of strict environmental, social and economic standards in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council®. Bunnings currently offers a wide range of FSC certified products, including an exclusive range of FSC certified outdoor leisure timber products. Look for FSC® certified products.
The PEFC™ Council (Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. Bunnings currently offers a wide range of PEFC™ certified timber products.