The UK Timber Regulation was implemented on the 1st of January 2021 to replace the EU Timber Regulation after Brexit. The UKTR is broadly similar to the EUTR in that it curbs the trade of illegal timber entering the UK/Europe. Businesses across the UK are required to continue to implement a system of due diligence to ensure imported timber products have been legally harvested, traded and exported in the country of harvest.
Due diligence is integrated in our purchasing and company processes.
Collect information about the product and supply chain. We work with our supplier to obtain information the species, mapping how the product changes through the supply chain and understanding the nature of the business of each company.
Assess the risk of illegal harvesting, trade and export in the country of harvest, as well as the risk of mixing along the complete supply chain. We take into account the research by NGOs and governments, assess gaps in certification schemes, and liaise with a range of stakeholders in country to better understand the legality issues in our supply chain.
Mitigate identified risks. Depending on the risks identified, this could include: desk-based audits and document reviews; building our supplier’s due diligence capacity through training; auditing our supplier’s factory, sawmill and/or forest ourselves or hiring third-party experts; implementing a programme of product testing (DNA, isotopic, microscopic etc.) to verify origin or species.
Determine the final risk conclusion; only if negligible risk can be concluded can the product be purchased.
As a customer of Brooks Bros, do I need to carry out due diligence on products that you sell to me?
How will Brexit affect Brooks Bros’ Responsible Purchasing Policy?
Responsible Purchasing Policy