Policy and practice
Through our industry experience we understand the art of the possible. So, we turn environmental and social regulations, voluntary codes and standards and business requirements into simple policies and meaningful business actions. We also provide industry-level guidance on how this can be achieved.
The success of our work has enabled our clients to:
- start responsible supply chain practices
- comply with national and international environmental and social regulations and standards
- protect and increase sales to customers with strict sourcing policies
- integrate responsible sourcing into business strategy and process and
- develop national policy.
Newleaf’s guidance documents include:
- A series of category-specific guides to responsible sourcing.
- BSI PAS 2021, a guide for businesses to comply with the EU Timber Regulation
- Horticultural Trade Association’s Guide to Responsible Sourcing, and
- Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association’s EU Timber Regulation compliance workbook
How do our clients rate our work?
“The introduction of new legislation to prohibit the trade of illegal timber and timber products in the European market is a great opportunity for responsible business to set themselves apart from others who are not giving enough care to where things come from and what happens to resources in the natural world. WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network has been working with business in the UK to overcome obstacles to responsible sourcing for many years – with the advent of EUTR we wanted to provide a legacy from our experience, and reach out to more businesses, of all size, to help them work out how to deliver their new obligations under the law.
WWF’s GFTN-UK chose Newleaf Sustainability Practice, a business specialising in understanding policy and procedures and then helping their clients interpret and integrate them in to everyday practice to work on the development of this legacy idea. From late 2010, NewLeaf worked with us, listening to our goals, reviewing how our needs could be met, and proposing solution. As a course of action was agreed, WWF also asked Newleaf to provide guidance as the technical authors for PAS 2021- Exercising due diligence in establishing the legal origin of timber and timber products.Our work with NewLeaf has been an enjoyable collaborative experience, and we are all very happy with the high level of interest shown by businesses, in the UK and beyond, in PAS 2021. Thorough and expert work by Newleaf with a robust output from the BSI PAS process means that we are now in the process of organising translations for Vietnamese and Mandarin, for licenced release in key markets”.
Julia Young, WWF GFTN-UK