Travis Perkins celebrates major timber milestone

TRAVIS Perkins is celebrating its 20th consecutive year of certification of the timber chain of custody.

The builders’ merchant explained that it prides itself on ensuring it complies with, and maintains, a timber chain of custody to give customers peace of mind that the timber they purchase is source and handled in a sustainable way.

This includes regular third party audits to provide certification to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of the Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes. The business this year celebrates 20 consecutive years of certification.

Travis Perkins has also signed up to become a member of Timber Development UK (TDUK); a not for profit organisation that is the largest, most comprehensive supply chain body for timber in the UK. By working with the TDUK the business seeks to help drive improvements and decarbonisation in its supply chain, develop colleague knowledge and skills, and provide access to market intelligence and support to develop longer-term supply chain planning.

Initiatives will include developing training with the TDUK team to ensure every Travis Perkins colleague has the best and latest knowledge and information so they can give customers the best advice and service. Membership will also enable the business to work more collaboratively with suppliers and the extended industry to help shape the future of the built environment in a more sustainable way.

Rosie Wise, category director of timber and joinery at Travis Perkins, said, “Travis Perkins has been in the timber business for over 200 years, and we take our responsibility to the environment, suppliers and customers very seriously. We were one of the first businesses to sign up to the timber chain of custody 20 years ago and we were trailblazers then and we are still leading the way now. By maintaining a chain of custody, it means we have accountability and transparency across the supply chain, preventing illegal logging, advocating for sustainable forestry practices, and upholding the integrity of our products.

“With timber becoming an increasingly important category for our customers as they seek to decarbonise construction and comply with the UK government’s ‘timber in construction roadmap’, we will be supporting our customers through this transition by ensuring we have the right knowledge to guide them. We remain focused on being the best-in-class general merchant for timber, and our TDUK membership is an important part of this.”