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Ellpro Timber Ltd recognise our responsibility to the environment, our customers and suppliers. We base our commercial activities on legal and well-managed forests. 
As such we are committed to procuring timber and timber products from independently verified sources. We recognise that the independent, third party certification of forests and the supply chain is the optimal way of gaining assurances that the timber we trade originates from legal and well-managed forests. 
To this end we have achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) / Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Chain of Custody Certification (COC) for a range of products we manufacture and purchase. 
We source our raw materials from certified suppliers where possible. We actively encourage and support all our suppliers to go through the certification process and to increase the volume of certified material traded. 

Timber policy 

Where COC certification is unavailable and alternative sources or products are sought, then as a minimum standard we will not procure any timber that is prohibited under Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The company also declares that it is committed to complying with the full requirements of PEFC certification and applicable standards and the “Policy of the Association of Organisations with FSC (FSC-POL-01-004), and that it is neither directly or indirectly involved in the following activities: 
• Illegal logging or the trade in illegal wood or forest products; 
• Violation of traditional and human rights in forestry operations; 
• Destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations; 
• Significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use; 
• Introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations; 
• Violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions, as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 1998. 

 Improves conditions 

Certification can positively impact workers and communities, shift governance processes globally and change economic and environmental conditions in the forest. 
This impact improves conditions such as conflict over land tenure and use, worker's health and safety, biodiversity conservation, protection of endangered species and participatory forest policy. 

 Helps local communities 

By working to promote environmentally and socially beneficial forest management, both local communities and society at large are able to enjoy long-term benefits of managing forests in a responsible way.  
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