Rixonway Receives ‘Responsible’ Accreditation from Timber Trade
Published by Elizabeth Pokorny for Rixonway Kitchens Limited in Housing and also in Communities
Rixonway Kitchens has been awarded ‘Responsible Purchaser’ accreditation by the international Timber Trade Federation (TTF), in recognition of the company’s environmentally-friendly supply chain.
As a ‘Responsible Purchaser’, Rixonway Kitchens can certify that all timber and wood products it uses have been sourced ethically and legally.
However as well as achieving the ‘Responsible’ accreditation, the business has also gone one step further and had a full audit on its supply chain to ensure all timber coming through its doors is harvested responsibly.
As a signatory of the Federation’s Responsible Purchasing Policy, Rixonway is also urging other companies to comply with a new law due to come into force on 1st March that will affect all businesses that deal with timber or timber-based products. The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) will ban all illegal timber in the EU, and will require companies who handle wood or wood products to assess the origin of its products.
Mark Evans, operational systems manager at Rixonway Kitchens, said: “We are proud to have received this accreditation from the TTF, and we will continue to show our support for the Federation through our responsible purchasing policy. We hope other businesses will follow our example and undertake a full audit on their supply chain as well as complying with the EUTR.”
John White, Chief Executive of the TTF, said: “On behalf of the Timber Trade Federation I would like to congratulate Rixonway Kitchens, we are pleased to recognise them as a Responsible Purchaser. As an industry association we have set the bar high, making proof of due diligence, risk assessment and risk mitigation a compulsory condition of membership in line with the requirements of the EUTR. In return we provide our due-diligence toolkit, the Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP) to all members, along with regular training workshops to facilitate its implementation across the industry. We have worked hard to minimize risk from the supply chain, now is the time to focus on our real mission of building demand and growing the use of wood.”
The TTF represents business and organisations involved in the timber industry and is helping to shape a successful future for its members.
The Timber Trade accreditation is the most recent example of Rixonway Kitchen’s commitment to sustainability and environmental causes. The business has introduced a range of measures to reduce its impact on the environment including recycling 100% of waste produced during the manufacturing process and investing over £370,000 into a new environmentally friendly vehicle fleet.