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WWF-UK praises Saint-Gobain for sustainability

The UK World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has recognised the British and Ireland section of the French multinational company Saint-Gobain for its commitment to using timber in a sustainable way.

The decision was highlighted in the Timber Scorecard of 2015 that has recently been released by the nongovernmental organisation. Saint-Gobain was given the top score possible for its record on sourcing timber and wood products. The activities of WWF-UK in promoting sustainable timber use could have implications for the popularity of wood flooring in Liverpool and elsewhere.

Julia Young, who heads the Global Forest and Trade Network on behalf of WWF-UK, has told Builders Merchants News:

“Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland have worked over many years to source the timber for their brands from well-managed forests, including supporting forest producers who are on their way to certification in some of the most difficult places, like the Congo Basin countries.”

The firm achieved a performance of over 90% in terms of certificated wood. As a consequence, it was given three trees as a symbol of its success. Young has stated that the business can be proud of what it has accomplished, stressing that the communication of what the firm has done to consumers and stakeholders has been central to its progress.

Richard Halderthay, a communications director at Saint-Gobain, has expressed his satisfaction at the encouragement his firm has received from WWF-UK. However, he has explained that there are always additional efforts that can be made in this part of the operation, hence he has committed his organisation to further cooperation with WWF-UK.

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