In-Depth Procurement With Responsible Foundations
As the UK's leading timber and building materials supplier, and
part of SGBD, we are able to offer an unrivalled range of over
400,000 products from core building materials to specialist
We build close working relationships with our suppliers to
develop sustainable, visible, endto- end supply chains that bring
benefits to all parties. We are able to draw on their expertise to
help us add value to any project - in areas such as streamlined
logistics, improved product availability and reduced waste
We only work with suppliers that can offer products that conform
to nationally or internationally recognised criteria and where
appropriate, provide guidance on the use of the products that we
supply. When we source from low-cost countries, we recognise that
working conditions differ on a country-to-country basis and operate
a code of conduct detailing the way in which we want supplier
factories to be managed.
Responsible Timber Procurement
Timber and timber products form a significant part of Jewson's
activities; it is therefore Imperative that we take an informed
approach to responsible timber procurement and sales.
Our policy is to purchase wherever possible from well managed
forest sources that participate positively in the protection of
biodiversity in forest lands and in the habitats of forest-reliant
We also recognise that some areas of the world represent a
greater environmental risk than others in respect of timber
harvesting. So, we seek to obtain clear evidence of good forest
management at the original source and give preference to suppliers
who can provide such evidence.
Where customer demand dictates that we procure timber from areas
of greater risk, we only work with suppliers who can demonstrate an
improving programme of sustainability.
We are firmly committed to continuously increasing the volume of
timber we procure from certified sources, and where this is not
available purchasing from known and legal sources. We understand
the importance of auditable independent certification in this
process and continue to introduce relevant schemes throughout the
business as appropriate.
Case Study: Chain of Custody
Jewson has a network of branches that offer Chain of Custody
certification for timber products.
Chain of Custody is a process that, using independent auditing,
rigorously documents and tracks certified timber from the forest,
through each stage of the supply chain, to the final point of
purchase. Timber that qalifies for Chain of Custody certification
is only sourced from 'legal and sustainable' forests. It guarantees
the timber has been harvested legally and as part of an overall
forest management system.