Spark Etail Timber Sourcing Policy

Spark Etail Timber Sourcing Policy

Where possible we favour the use of FSC certified or recycled timber sources in products we sell however whenever this is not possible for example a number of fair trade products we ensure it is sourced in accordance with the below policy. Spark Etail require our suppliers to confirm that all timber and wood products:

  • Come from a known source
  • Sourced legally
  • Sourced from species not listed as threatened
  • Not sourced from countries in conflict (as identified/defined by the EU)
  • Not sourced from protected forests or areas (high conservation areas) as has been identified by government

We require suppliers exclude timber sources where:

  • The source forest is known or suspected to be of high conservation value, except where:
    • The forest is certified or;
    • In progress to certification under a credible certification system, or;
    • The forest manager can demonstrate that the forest and/or surrounding landscape is managed to ensure that value is maintained.
  • The source forest is being actively converted from natural forest to a plantation or other land use, unless the conversion is justified on grounds of net social and environmental gain, including the enhancement of high conservation values in the surrounding landscape.
  • The material was illegally harvested or traded.
  • The material was traded in a way that drives violent armed conflict or threatens national or regional stability (what is commonly referred to as conflict timber).
  • The harvesting or processing entity, or a related political or military regime, is violating human rights.
  • The supplier does not support indigenous communities.
  • The source forest is unknown.

All products supplied to Spark Etail must be compliant with regulations applicable in the UK.