We are very much aware of the impact our work has to the environment, the population and the sustainable development of forest areas. Therefore, we have developed a responsible method of wood acquisition.
For instance we take care that the wood that is linked to controversial practices, or to some illegal activities, should be refused. Our system of precision requirements has been very strictly applied; even if our business opportunities might be limited as a result.
REMERINK GROUP closely monitors each of its wood acquisitions to determine whether it is acquired in a responsible way. Simultaneously, REMERINK GROUP checks the traceability of the wood as well. In that way, certified forest management is being stimulated. REMERINK GROUP also offers professional technical assistance to its suppliers in order to help them improve continuously.
REMERINK GROUP is a member of the Royal Association of Dutch Wood Enterprises [Koninklijke Vereniging Van Nederlandse Houtondernemingen (= VVNH)]. By signing a very strict Code of Conduct, the members of the VVNH undertook marketing no other wood than that obtained legally, as well as to give preference to the trade in the wood originating from certified sustainable forests. The VVNH takes active steps in achieving that and, together with valued national and international organizations, it has developed a proactive method and means to tackle the trade in the illegally obtained wood.
Preference for FSC and OLB certified wood
To REMERINK GROUP, certified wood is a logical answer to the concerns related to legitimacy and to the responsible natural sources management. In their acquisitions, they give preference to certified suppliers. Since these suppliers are still very rare, we finance and assist our partners in the certification process related to their forest management and their monitoring chain.
Local support for development projects
Not only are we involved in lumbering activities and monitoring requests related to the legitimacy of the wood, but we are also actively engaged in improving the life circumstances of the local communities. It includes, for instance, improving the drinking water facilities and the right to health care and education.