The London Hardwood Club
The London Hardwood Club

21st March 2018

LHC Nepcon presentation  21/03/18

The LHC welcomed Ann Weddle from Nepcon to the HAC, to talk about the work Nepcon does in regards to helping UK timber companies with their due diligence in regards to EUTR and timber procurement.  Their aim is to try to help simplify the process of due diligence and procurement for organisations importing and purchasing timber by carrying out a series of risk assessments in various countries and then presenting this information in an easy to use website.

Nepcon, as an organisation, are trying to provide extensive research into sustainability in a number of areas including forestry and timber through the Nepcon sourcing hub. https://www.nepcon.org

Their service is free to use, being funded in the main by the EU and UK governments, and FSC.  Nepcon believe that they have completed work on 80% of the major timber exporting companies, and have a system where they rank countries by their risk in relation to EUTR legislation in a simplified format.

The heart of the hub is an extensive selection of risk assessments, under taken over a three year period.  These risk assessments are available in PDF form on the hub and also in summary format.  The risk assessment’s look at five key areas of the Country harvesting the raw material;

Taxes and fees

Timber harvesting regulations

Trade and transport

Third parties right

Legal rights to harvest

Nepcon have devised their sourcing hub to be an easy to use straightforward website, and certainly from the presentation it did appear easy to navigate and simple to use.  There is the facility to utilise the hub to gain general information by Country or to drill deeper for far more detailed analysis.  The hub also gives a UK timber buyer a template to work with regarding setting up their own due diligence from scratch.

Nepcon are currently seeking extensive feedback on the work they have done as well as looking to secure future funding to maintain and develop the concept.  They are also producing a quarterly newsletter to spread the news of their work and keep their readers up to date with the latest risk assessments, country profiles and new projects.

The presentation was informative and generated an interesting debate on timber procurement from a sustainable perspective.

 

Members Present

Border Hardwoods

D.N. Green & Co (Timber) Ltd

DW Mouldings Ltd

James Latham PLC

James Latham PLC

James Latham PLC

Morgan Timber

NEPCon UK

NHG Timber Ltd

Northwood Forestry

Palmer Timber Ltd

RJC Agencies Ltd

Tradelink Wood Products Ltd

Wellwood Ltd

Finewood Marketing (UK) Ltd

Peel Ports Group Ltd

 

 

NEPCon_Sourcing Hub support.pdf
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