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From Forest To Furniture Presentation by: Tony Judge, Quality Assurance Controller, Kingfisher Asia Limited, HK.


Kingfisher Asia Limited Head Office in Hong Kong Representative Offices in Shanghai and, later this month, Shenzhen Regional Sourcing Office for Kingfisher plc Background of KAL


Employing over 120 staff and sourcing products for: B&Q Castorama Brico Depot Screwfix Comet / KESA Woolworths Superdrug Background of KAL


Last Year Kingfisher Asia Limited sourced products worth: Over US$ 340,000,000 More than 80% from China Background of KAL


Products sourced include:- Tools Power Tools Wooden Garden Furniture Bathroom Accessories (including wooden) Toys & Stationery Home Products Audio / Video Equipment Household Electrical Items KAL’s Business


Garden Furniture:- Currently source over US$ 25,000,000 Over 50% is made from independently certified timber Most of the certified timber products go to B&Q UK Wood Business


Sustainability is an important part of how Kingfisher businesses operate. It is now becoming an integral part of how all our Operating Companies do business. Wood is seen to be probably the most important resource that needs and can relatively easily be planted and harvested in a sound, sustainable manner. Wood Business


B&Q was the first Operating Company to take the lead with a policy of sourcing certified (FSC) timber whenever possible. Other Kingfisher companies have followed B&Q’s lead, with Castorama launching its timber policy at the end of last year. Wood Business


Why have a timber Policy?


‘To build our customers trust that all our wood products come from well managed forests’ ‘B&Q do not want the business to be associated with illegal logging and de-forestation’ Why have a Timber Policy?


B&Q’s first environmental statement published. Timber suppliers asked to identify all timber sources B&Q Timber Policy 1990


‘Tropical Deforestation: the DIY perspective ‘published B&Q helped create FSC, B&Q begins to audit timber sources’ B&Q Timber Policy 1992


‘Virtually all timber now comes from known sources’ B&Q B&Q Timber Policy 1993


B&Q announce 1999 Target: ‘that all timber must be FSC certified by 1999’ B&Q Timber Policy 1995


‘Virtually all timber is now independently certified’ B&Q B&Q Timber Policy 1999


Launch of revised B&Q Timber Policy: ‘We will make wood from well managed forests more competitive than wood from poor or unknown forestry’ B&Q Timber Policy 2000


Schemes B&Q accept: FSC Schemes working with FSC: LEI (Indonesia) MTTC (Malaysia) FFCS (Finland) UKWAS (United Kingdom) Current B&Q Timber Policy


We will buy from forests and suppliers showing commitment to FSC certification B&Q Current B&Q Timber Policy


B&Q (UK) buy timber products from: Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Brazil, Costa Rica, Canada, New York State, Bolivia, S. Africa, Solomon Isles, Latvia, Portugal, Poland, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Belgium, United Kingdom and China. Current B&Q Timber Policy


B&Q (China) Importing only FSC timber from 2002 Introduced FSC own brand flooring in Yanpu Store, Shanghai Working with vendors to develop sustainable timber products


The Future 2002/2003 Kingfisher will more than double its direct sourcing programme from China