The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has announced a partnership with SCS, FSC, and the FSC Family Forests Alliance to develop and promote the NWFA Responsible Procurement Program (RPP). The goal of this initiative is to harness the power of the U.S. wood flooring industry to recognize and promote environmentally and socially responsible forest management in the regions that supply the timber on which we all depend.
NWFA has entered into
Memorandum of Understanding with both FSC-US and FSC Family Forest
Alliance. Corey Brinkema, FSC-US
President stated, “FSC-US is committed to supporting NWFA in its efforts to
develop, implement and promote the NWFA RPP.”
The NWFA RPP provides
progressive “tiers” in which participants gradually move upward toward higher
levels of social and environmental responsibility and performance.
Tier 1 requires
participation in the NWFA Verified Renewing Forests program – and enables use
of the NWFA Verified Sourced from U.S. Renewing Forests label – for
domestically sourced wood flooring products in off-product claims only. It also
requires participation in the NWFA Verified Legal Origin program for imported
products from high-risk countries and enables use of the NWFA Verified Legal
Imported label. Program participants
have three years to progress from Tier 1 to Tier 2.
Tier 2 requires FSC
Chain-of-Custody certification and a commitment to building, over time, trade
in FSC-certified wood products. Participants also are required to meet FSC
Controlled Wood standards for all of their non-FSC certified supply within two
years of progressing to Tier 2. Importers from high-risk countries
advancing to Tier 2 are required to complete the NWFA Verified Legal Origin
program for all products that require legality verification.
Tier 3 is the highest
level of achievement within the NWFA RPP. It grants recognition to companies
whose trade in FSC-certified products exceeds 50% of overall sales and whose
non-FSC sales meet FSC Controlled Wood standards.
for the NWFA RPP is provided by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). Key RPP
partners include SCS, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) U.S., and the
FSC Family Forests Alliance.
Invitations are being
sent to NWFA Member Manufacturers for a Hardwood Summit on December 9 & 10,
2008 in St. Louis to present full details of the NWFA RPP and to address
The National Wood
Flooring Association is a non-profit trade organization, with more than 4,000
members world-wide, dedicated to educating consumers, architects, designers,
specifiers and builders in the uses and benefits of wood flooring. For more
information, call (800) 422-4556, or visit www.nwfa.org.