The Directors recognise the importance of environmental considerations. As a responsible organisation the James Latham Group seeks to follow, in all areas of its activities, policies which support this.
It is considered that with best practices observed, timber and wood products are the ultimate sustainable and recyclable materials, requiring low energy consumption to process and are thermally efficient in use.
The Group is an involved supporter of the policies adopted by Forests Forever and a signatory to its recommended policies.
Forests Forever is a campaign by Britains timber industry to help safeguard the forests of the world by encouraging improved forest management, responsible trading and the promotion of the positive environmental aspects of using timber.
As signatories to the Forests Forever policy, we actively seek from our suppliers evidence of commitment to continuous improvement in environmental performance, information on the source of wood products and evidence of good forest management practice. James Latham will only source materials from suppliers who are operating within the laws of their own country.
With the growing public awareness of the environment and environmental issues, and with many customers specifically requesting certified timber, we have made positive moves towards stocking products originating from sustainable and correctly managed forests, and in particular FSC certified products. (FSC products have their forest of origin independently inspected and evaluated according to environmental, social and economic criteria agreed by the Forest Stewardship Council AC.)
FSC (the Forest Stewardship Council) is an international, non-profit making association whose membership includes environmental and social groups and progressive forestry and wood retail companies working in partnership to improve forest management world wide. All depots of the James Latham group have now been awarded FSC accredited certification by BM TRADA.
Material is also stocked that has been produced under the Programme for the Endorsement of Certification schemes (PEFC) and the American Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The Group aims to adopt environmental standards at least equal to legal requirements and to integrate environmental considerations into its decision making in such areas as transport, energy usage, treatment plants, waste disposal and health and safety.
James Latham and WWF
Every two seconds an area of forest the size of a football pitch is destroyed. Yet here in the UK you can still buy furniture, books, cards and other products made from illegally or unsustainably sourced wood.
James Latham supports the WWF Forest Campaign to tackle this, follow this link to add your name to this important petition and sign up now. http://www.wwf.org.uk/how_you_can_help/campaign_with_us/forest_campaign/
In 2014 Peter Latham OBE, Chairman of James Latham Plc signed a declaration of official support for the WWF Forest Campaign. This pledges that James Latham will follow business practices that abide by the requirements of the WWF Forest Campaign.
As a responsible supplier in the Timber Industry, James Latham ensure that they follow all the relevant guidelines to protect the environment. If you use a timber end-product, follow this link to learn how the use of illegally sourced timber can affect the environment.
James Latham and The National Forest
Direct from the Board Room to the woodlands - James Latham directors, as well as staff and suppliers, carry out thinning, pruning and brash clearing to open up woodlands for the public to enjoy, right in the heart of the Forest.
OUR COMPANY PERFORMANCE
WWF Forest Campaign results for James Latham :
Our EXCELLENT 2016 Results :
James Latham is a member and supporter of the Timber Trade Federation and was the first signatory to the Federation’s Responsible Purchasing Policy.The company has a strong environmental policy with all depots being Forest Stewardship Council (FSC® ) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified.
In March 2015 James Latham sponsored a Parliamentary Reception, attended by over 200 MP’s, which coincided with the second anniversary of the introduction of EUTR and aimed to raise awareness and debate around the environmental issues that surround commercial use of natural resources including measures to help stop illegally harvested timber entering the EU supply chain.
To learn more about the WWF, follow this link http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/.