In recent years, many tools have surfaced to help the private sector assess their risk and practice due care and due diligence when sourcing wood and wood products. Below you will find information on the other tools available. For more information on how to differentiate these tools, their scope and their focus, take a look at our joint flyer: Practicing Due Care and Due Diligence: What tools are out there?
SPOTT – Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit
SPOTT is a free online platform supporting sustainable production and trade. SPOTT scores tropical forestry and palm oil companies annually against over 130 environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators to benchmark their progress over time. SPOTT currently assesses 100 timber and pulp producers and traders – all of whom have significant operations in highly biodiverse and threatened tropical landscapes across the globe – on the public disclosure of their policies, operations and levels of progress. Issues covered by the assessments include biodiversity conservation, greenhouse gas emissions, land conflicts, and labor rights among others.
For more information, visit www.spott.org
Timber Trade Portal
The online timber trade portal serves as a central point where visitors can find information on the industry and legislation of timber-producing countries, which are mainly located in tropical areas. All published profiles have undergone expert review and are frequently updated. The platform enables operators to make their own risk analysis and exercise due diligence, on a case-by-case basis, by presenting facts such as forestry sector data, legislative frameworks, laws and regulations, key documents, bans and quotas, CITES information, VPA processes, certification, contacts, and more. The platform presents 23 country profiles, mainly located in tropical areas like Africa, Asia and Latin America.
For more information, visit www.timbertradeportal.com
NEPCon Sourcing Hub
The NEPCon Sourcing Hub, the largest and most-detailed collection of forest-related risk assessments ever published. The Sourcing Hub helps companies meet due diligence requirements of market regulation such as the Lacey Act, EUTR, and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act by providing a complete due diligence system, as well as many risk assessments and tools to support the implementation of a due diligence system. The tool also helps governments, the financial sector, and NGOs understand the risks related to sourcing timber from around the world. The Sourcing Hub contains 62 timber legality risk assessments, covering approx. 87% of global timber production.
For more information, visit www.nepcon.org/sourcinghub
Responsible Timber Exchange & Due Diligence and Risk Assessment
BVRio’s Responsible Timber Exchange is an online negotiations platform for sourcing legal and certified timber products from all over the world. Integrated into the platform is a Due Diligence and Risk Assessment (DDRA) system to help buyers evaluate the supply chain of a timber consignment or verify FSC® and PEFC licenses. The system uses a big data approach, centralizing and analyzing information on legality, supply chain inconsistencies, and social aspects such as labor abuses. The Responsible Timber Exchange is a global platform. The DDRA is for timber products from Brazil.
For more information, visit www.bvrio.com