Timber is the world's only self-rejuvenating, renewable resource. It is unique amongst conventional construction materials in that during its growth, harvesting and re-planting life cycle it is the only one, when properly managed, that adds to natural capital. All other conventional building materials ultimately deplete the earth's finite natural resources.
Timber and forest products are the only natural resource to have comprehensive internationally recognised Chain of Custody schemes which are robust, independently audited and uninterrupted from forest to final end-use. The schemes demonstrate the indisputable sustainability of wood and wood products as the world's most environmentally friendly raw material.
MBM Forest Products Ltd supports independent third-party audited Chain of Custody certification of forestry & forest products and recognises this as the best way of demonstrating good environmental management. We hold PEFC™ and FSC® Chain of Custody certificates and are members of PEFC™ UK. Both certification schemes are fully endorsed by the UK government's Central Point of Expertise on Timber - CPET - providing evidence of legality and sustainability. The vast majority of all timber imported and distributed by MBM Forest Products Ltd is certified under one or other of these environmental management schemes.
With regard to the procurement of timber, we regularly visit our primary producers and principal suppliers to verify that the best environmental forestry management is being practised. Our procurement is heavily biased towards the temperate forests of the Nordic countries and Canada, where forestry is a vital element of their national economies and has provided a way of life for centuries. The preservation of the forest for future generations has long been a defining feature of the sawmilling industry. These countries have for many years been at the forefront of environmental responsibility and to this day their forestry management practices are amongst the best in the world. MBM Forest Products Ltd is proud of its association with the sawmills from which we procure timber and we believe we hold a duty to ensure the preservation of our global forest resource for the benefit of this and future generations. We are in a good position to assure our customers that the forest products they buy from MBM Forest Products Ltd come with a high environmental pedigree.
MBM Forest Products has developed an environmental purchasing policy, which commits the company to ensure that all our timber products are purchased from legal sources. We are further committed not to source any timber species prohibited under Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). We have the highest confidence in the sawmills that produce our timber and panel products, and in the forest sources from which the wood fibre is derived.
The company fully supports the independent third party audited Chain of Custody certification of forestry, and recognises this as the best way of demonstrating good environmental management.
Today virtually all of our sawn softwood and over half of all the panel products we buy are PEFC™ or FSC® Chain of Custody certified. Go to Environmental Certification