Certification and Standards
The British Woodworking Federation, of which ABL Doors & windows Limited is a full member, operates a Code of Conduct which sets out the principles of good practice for woodworking and joinery businesses and represents the standard to which BWF members commit themselves to working.
The aims of the Code of Conduct are:
- To set a benchmark standard for the woodworking and joinery industry and help its members to achieve it.
- To promote and encourage standards and quality in the industry.
- To give BWF members confidence in their colleagues.
- To ensure that the BWF logo is recognised increasingly as a mark of quality, so that customers choose BWF members in preference to non-members.
The Code itself is supported by a Guide to Compliance, which sets out how these principles might be applied practically to a woodworking or joinery business in such a way as to comply with the Code’s intentions ensuring a consistent interpretation of the Code’s principles.
All members of the BWF are expected to commit themselves to complying with the Code. ABL Doors & windows Limited fully endorses the aims and principles of the BWF.
The FSC tracks the identification and purchasing of timber and forest products from well-managed forests through 2 main components; Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification.
FSC’s 10 Principles of Forest Stewardship as taken from www.fsc-uk.org are:
- Compliance with Laws and FSC Principles
Forest management shall respect all applicable laws of the country in which they occur, and international treaties and agreements to which the country is a signatory, and comply with all FSC Principles and Criteria.
- Tenure and Use Rights and Responsibilities
Long-term tenure and use rights to the land and forest resources shall be clearly defined, documented and legally established.
- Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
The legal and customary rights of indigenous peoples to own, use and manage their lands, territories, and resources shall be recognised and respected.
- Community Relations and Worker’s Rights
Forest management operations shall maintain or enhance the long-term social and economic well-being of forest workers and local communities.
- Benefits from the Forest
Forest management operations shall encourage the efficient use of the forest’s multiple products and services to ensure economic viability and a wide range of environmental and social benefits.
- Environmental Impact
Forest management shall conserve biological diversity and its associated values, water resources, soils, and unique and fragile ecosystems and landscapes, and, by so doing, maintain the ecological functions and the integrity of the forest.
- Management Plan
A management plan — appropriate to the scale and intensity of the operations — shall be written, implemented, and kept up to date. The long term objectives of management, and the means of achieving them, shall be clearly stated.
- Monitoring And Assessment
Monitoring shall be conducted — appropriate to the scale and intensity of forest management — to assess the condition of the forest, yields of forest products, chain of custody, management activities and their social and environmental impacts.
- Maintenance of High Conservation Value Forests
Management activities in high conservation value forests shall maintain or enhance the attributes which define such forests. Decisions regarding high conservation value forests shall always be considered in the context of a precautionary approach.
Plantations shall be planned and managed in accordance with Principles and Criteria 1 - 9, and Principle 10 and its Criteria. While plantations can provide an array of social and economic benefits, and can contribute to satisfying the world’s needs for forest products, they should complement the management of, reduce pressures on, and promote the restoration and conservation of natural forests.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.
PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to its eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.
This extract has been taken from www.pefc.org where you can also find more information.