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Building Supplier Relationships through PEFC

PEFCWith the growing care and concern around preserving our environment, a great proportion of responsibility is placed on businesses becoming more aware of the external impact their operations create. In addition to investing in recycling plant to prevent wood offcuts being sent to landfill, a key part of RML’s CSR policy is based upon acquiring sustainably sourced timber.

RML only purchase timber from suppliers that comply with socially responsible and ethical harvesting of raw materials.

Head of Risk Greg Farrar recently attended the PEFC 2019 Annual General Meeting held in Sheffield. The meeting was an opportunity to hear first-hand the strategy of the UK operation, as well as understand the impact of initiatives which have occurred during the past year including forest site visits for main contractors. Attended by many of the significant suppliers in our industry including James Jones & Sons, the event is a great opportunity to build new connections, namely on this occasion with David Leslie, joint Managing Director at JJI. As a result of that conversation, Greg also recently met their Technical Manager Abel Munoz and Group Environment Manager Stephen Craig at our Scotland factory in Glenrothes to discuss in-depth risk processes and strategy.

Connecting with suppliers that have similar interests in producing quality products whilst also maintaining environmental values is something that we will always make time to do. Never shy around networking opportunities, within the same visit north of the border Greg also visited our metal work suppliers ITW to review ordering efficiencies and observe their in-house quality testing facilities; the factory visit was also attended by RML MD Mark Smy.

“Maintaining strong lines of communication with our supply partners has been a constant during RML’s expansion in recent years. The opportunity to see the ITW operation first hand and observe their working practises provided valuable insight and further strengthens our relationship” commented Mr Smy.

Following attendance of the PEFC AMG, Greg was delighted to accept an invitation to the Structural Timber Awards in October which promises to be an exciting affair – watch this space for news of that event.