LONDON, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has been named in the top band of UK companies for sourcing timber and timber products responsibly. The WWF scorecard ranks companies from ‘zero trees’ which means a company has not yet shown any progress on sustainable timber up to ‘ three trees’ which is where Sainsbury’s has been ranked along with 21 other UK companies.
Amongst the total 128 companies assessed we were noted for having a commitment and policies in place to source sustainable timber and timber products and for having made significant progress.
Our products made using sustainably sourced timber includes our own brand toilet roll, facial tissues and charcoal.
Stuart Lendrum, Head of sustainable and ethical sourcing at Sainsbury’s said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised for the work we do to source timber sustainably.”
“It should give customers the reassurance to shop with confidence.”
As part of our 20×20 Sustainability Plan we have committed that by 2020 our own brand products will not contribute to global deforestation and that the top raw materials in our own brand products – which includes paper and timber – will be sourced sustainably to an independent standard.
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- For more information visit www.wwf.org.uk
- 93 per cent of the wood used to make our own-brand products in 2014/15 (excluding our own brand nappies) was from FSC, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), or recycled sources.
- Sector leader (Food and Staples Retailing) in the 2014 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Forest Programme, recognising our efforts to reduce the risk of deforestation in our supply chains associated with the use of timber, palm oil, soya, beef/ leather and biofuels.
- Recycled over 80 tonnes of Christmas cards from our store collection points, resulting in a donation of over £12,000 to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
- 2.2 million trees planted with Woodland Trust since 2004 – equivalent to four Sherwood Forests. £3.5 million donated since we began our partnership.