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Forest products

Proforest offers consultancy services to organisations throughout forest product supply chains, providing practical support for producers, processors, buyers and investors to implement responsible social and environmental practices.

As well as working at the production level, for more than 15 years we’ve worked with many of the world’s leading retailers, furniture companies, timber traders and the paper industry to put in place responsible sourcing programmes. We have helped John Lewis, Tetra Pak, Tesco and HSBC to develop and implement policies to improve their sustainability, and to meet voluntary certification requirements and international timber market regulations.

Where do we work?

We work mostly with companies that import timber and wood products to the EU from a wide variety of sources. Through our Africa office, we also provide consultancy inputs to the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade process through Ghana’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA).  

How can we help you?

If you import timber or wood products into the EU, it’s your responsibility under the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) to ensure that they come from legally harvested trees.

Voluntary certification schemes, including FSC, some carbon schemes and many sourcing and investment policies go further. To meet these standards, land managers need to identify, manage and monitor High Conservation Values (HCVs), and respect local people’s rights and access to essential natural resources.

We can help you meet a range of requirements related to forests and forest products:

EU Timber Regulation

We can provide short-term consultancy inputs to:

  • assess your policies and systems against the requirements of the regulation.
  • carry out risk assessments, supplier visits and baseline audits. This helps you to understand what the risks are of illegally harvested timber entering your production lines.
  • provide guidance and training for suppliers and staff. We also train local trainers to continue providing capacity building on EU Timber Regulations in the long term.

We also offer long-term technical support to ensure your supply chains continue to comply with the regulation by:

  • improving your due diligence system by mapping your supply chain and evaluating your suppliers
  • helping you to implement the due diligence system through on-going training for staff, and engagement and monitoring of suppliers
  • providing a helpline to rapidly answer questions from your staff and suppliers.

Implement the High Conservation Value approach

Our team offers in-depth knowledge of certification requirements, conservation and social sciences, as well as the application of the High Conservation Value approach. We specialise in:

  • scoping assessments and full investigations of the conservation values that exist in forested and other landscapes
  • reviewing documentation and knowledge about HCVs in an area, and carrying out gap analysis to highlight missing information
  • stakeholder consultation and social impact assessments
  • development of management and monitoring plans for HCVs identified in an area
  • training courses and capacity building to help you manage HCVs in the future.
Can we help you?