The EU Timber Regulation came into force on the 3 March 2013, prohibiting illegally harvested timber and timber products being placed on the EU market.
For those businesses who first place timber and timber based products ( i.e paper, furniture, stationery) on the EU Market, the legislation requires you to exercise Due Diligence using a framework of procedures and measures referred to as a "due diligence system".
You are now required to provide information on your supply of timber products, including description of species, volume, country of harvest and where applicable concession of harvest, name and address of your supplier and most importantly evidence of compliance with applicable legislation.
The system also requires a risk assessment of your supply chain and, where high risk is identified, mitigation to eliminate any potentially illegal timber. Each affected business will need to maintain and regularly evaluate its due diligence system and keep their records of all the points detailed for a minimum of five years.
EU Timber Regulation Guidance
Newleaf are the technical authors of the WWF-sponsored British Standards Institute guidance on EUTR compliance (PAS 2021:2012. Exercising due diligence in establishing the legal origin of timber and timber products – Guide to Regulation (EU) No 995/2010). We are uniquely placed at the forefront of knowledge of compliance to the regulation and offer a range of services to support businesses.
Who we help
- UK and European retailers and their supply chains - we are currently working with furniture importers, stationary, food and DIY retailers, suppliers, trade bodies and merchants to support their compliance work.
- SME's within supply chains - we help translate corporate policies and retailer requirements into operational practices for business of all sizes and disciplines.
How we can help
Our services range from advising on how to start the process of compliance to working with you and your supply chain to achieve compliance.
- Identification of products affected
- Support supply chain businesses in managing the issues
- Support development of due diligence systems
- Bespoke EU timber traceability database to record and store supply chain information and provide centralised, transparent evidence for decision making
- Training of staff and supply chains
- Trusted advisors: we are the technical author's of the WWF-sponsored guidance on EUTR compliance and are uniquely placed at the forefront of knowledge of compliance to the regulation.
- Supply chain specialists: we our experienced retailers ourselves and have worked extensively with supply chains. We will get the detailed information you need as well as work with your suppliers.
- Traceability database and reporting: our unique product-focussed database is already used by blue-chip companies and stores and reports environmental information on thousands of products.
- Reaping the full benefits of compliance: going beyond compliance will benefit your business. We will make sure that we find these for you.