Wood and paper: a certified offering that does not harm the planet's forests
Carrefour encourages sustainable management of the planet's forests for its controlled wood and wood-based products. This sustainable supply approach is flagged up in Carrefour's stores with the "sustainable forests" banner.
Supplier assessment criteria are:
▪ The Wood Charter is signed by Carrefour suppliers which use wood, paper or their derivatives in its bazaar, health, perfume and hygiene departments, and which are sold by the international central purchasing office. The Wood Charter requires them to confirm that their procurement is legal, that they respect local populations, that supplies are not been sourced from high conservation value forests (HCVF), that supplies are not sourced from species included on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list of threatened species or species protected under the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
▪ Based on the types of raw materials and where they come from, Carrefour identifies improvements that it can implement with its suppliers.
In stores, customers can easily recognise FSC (Forest stewardship council) and PEFC (Pan European forest certification) certifications on certain ranges of wood and paper products. Both these labels guarantee the sustainable management of the planet's forests and tree species, and that they are sustainably sourced.
In France, for example, all wood charcoal is FSC-certified as being from Europe or France, and all tropical wood garden furniture (acacia and eucalyptus) is FSC-certified.
Carrefour also uses paper for its sales publications. Since 2005, the Carrefour Group has been engaged in a global initiative to reduce the amount of paper it uses in its catalogues (reducing the grammage, doing away with paper altogether and optimising distribution) and increasing the share of recycled or certified paper used. The Group is also working with printers on reducing the impact of its sales publications.
For two years, the quantity of paper used in its sales publications has been below 15 kg/m² of sales area – that is nearly 11% less since 2013. And for four years, more than 99% of the paper used by the Group for its sales publications has been recycled or certified.
Tribute has been paid to Carrefour for its paper policy, and in 2016, it was ranked as the leading distributor and the fourth company overall on the PAP50 barometer – an indicator produced by Riposte verte and the WWF France. This assessment factored in paper consumption, how responsibly paper is used and the initiatives put in place to optimise the recycling of used paper.
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