Access to On-the-Ground Information
GFTN participants have access to staff in 34 countries with technical expertise in forestry and trade issues, forest policy and regulation, risks associated with particular regions and species.
Best Practice Tools and Trainings
GFTN provides tools and trainings on purchasing policies, questionnaires, risk assessments, supplier and employee engagement, supply chain mapping, legality requirements (such as those for the U.S. Lacey Act), using lesser-known-species to take pressure off of threatened species, and other aspects of responsible sourcing.
GFTN assists participants with sourcing responsible forest products through its global network of hundreds of companies. Field tours are available to see the responsible forest management practices and products of GFTN participants in priority regions.
GFTN participants have access to numerous GFTN-organized forums to exchange best practices and lessons learned with each other. This includes an annual GFTN-North America participants meeting as well as educational webinars.
Leadership in Responsible Sourcing
Participation in WWF’s respected GFTN program builds credibility with external stakeholders about the rigor of companies’ sustainability commitments.
GFTN provides assistance to participants on developing credible, transparent messaging around their commitments to responsible forestry and trade, and engaging with other stakeholders on their responsible sourcing journey.