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									  YOUR GUide tO FORest FRiendlY
  OUtdOOR FURnitURe RetaileRs
      This guide ranks leading outdoor                                                      This guide ranks companies based on research carried out by Greenpeace and the
                                                                                            This	guide	ranks	companies	based	on	research	carried	out	by	Greenpeace	and	the	
      furniture retailers in New Zealand                                                    Indonesia	Human	Rights	Committee;	
                                                                                            Indonesia Human Rights Committee;
      on their policies and practice                                                        • procurement policy information and commitments to ‘good wood’,
                                                                                            •	 procurement	policy	information	and	commitments	to	‘good	wood’,	
      on eliminating the sale of timber                                                     •	 level	of	timber	certified	by	reputable	schemes	(i.e.	FSC)	or	transitional	sources	being	
                                                                                            • level of timber certified by reputable schemes (i.e. FSC) or transitional sources being
                                                                                               sold,	e.g.	Tropical	Forest	Trust	(TFT)	or	SmartStep.
                                                                                               sold, e.g. Tropical Forest Trust (TFT) or SmartStep.
      products that are from illegal and
                                                                                            •	 whether	kwila	products	are	stocked	in	their	range,	
                                                                                            • whether kwila products are stocked in their range,
      unsustainable sources.                                                                •	 promotional	materials	and	truthfulness	of	claims,	
                                                                                            • promotional materials and truthfulness of claims,
                                                                                            •	 and	whether	they	stock	New	Zealand	made	products.
                                                                                            • and whether they stock New Zealand made products.

  RetaileR1                                                 ScoRe                              NoteS
  the Warehouse                                                      B+                       Have	had	a	procurement	goal	for	several	years.	Only	selling	FSC or transitional products.
                                                                                              Have had a procurement goal for several years. Only selling FSC2	or	transitional3	products.	
                                                                                                    associate member. However, has been slow to move transitional products over to FSC
                                                                                              ITTG4	associate	member.	However,	has	been	slow	to	move	transitional	products	over	to	FSC	
                                                      (leading	the	pack)
                                                      (leading the pack)
                                                                                              and	not	NZ	made.
                                                                                              and not NZ made.

  Briscoes                                                      B	                            Only selling FSC products except for an umbrella but very small range and first season to
                                                                                              Only	selling	FSC	products	except	for	an	umbrella	but	very	small	range	and	first	season	to	
                                                            (good	start)
                                                            (good start)                      make progress.
                                                                                              make	progress.

  Bunnings                                                          B-                        Good	policy	out	of	Bunnings	Australia.	Stocking	FSC	and	Tropical	Forest	Trust	TFT	products.	
                                                                                              Good policy out of Bunnings Australia. Stocking FSC and Tropical Forest Trust TFT products.
                                                                                              However, Bunnings in Australia are stocking a much bigger range of FSC products, so NZ
                                                                                              However,	Bunnings	in	Australia	are	stocking	a	much	bigger	range	of	FSC	products,	so	NZ	
                                                       (could do better)
                                                       (could	do	better)
                                                                                              lagging behind. Still selling kwila products. ITTG member.
                                                                                              lagging	behind.	Still	selling	kwila	products.	ITTG	member.

  Mitre 10                                                          B-                        Made commitments to have all FSC products in this seasons range but didn’t deliver.
                                                                                              Made	commitments	to	have	all	FSC	products	in	this	seasons	range	but	didn’t	deliver.	
                                                        (on the improve)
                                                        (on	the	improve)                      Misleading branding of ‘South American Kwila’. Good promotional materials. ITTG member
                                                                                              Misleading	branding	of	‘South	American	Kwila’.	Good	promotional	materials.	ITTG	member

  Placemakers                                                  c+	                            Good intentions but not fulfilling yet. Have made a policy commitment to having all products at
                                                                                              Good	intentions	but	not	fulfilling	yet.	Have	made	a	policy	commitment	to	having	all	products	at	
                                                        (on	the	improve)
                                                        (on the improve)                      least	legal.	Still	selling	unverified	kwila	products.	ITTG	member.	
                                                                                              least legal. Still selling unverified kwila products. ITTG member.

  BBQ Factory                                                 c	                              Not selling kwila. Claims their wood is OK and from reputable manufacturer but no
                                                                                              Not	selling	kwila.	Claims	their	wood	is	OK	and	from	reputable	manufacturer	but	no	
                                                       (making	an	effort)
                                                       (making an effort)                     independent	information	or	certification	to	back	claim.		Not	an	ITTG	member.
                                                                                              independent information or certification to back claim. Not an ITTG member.

  Heartlands                                                     c	                           Was	selling	some	FSC	and	stated	wanted	to	only	sell	credibly	certified	or	legally	sourced	
                                                                                              Was selling some FSC and stated wanted to only sell credibly certified or legally sourced
  outdoor living                                             (promising)                      timber. But does not have the products in stock to match the commitment at this stage. Not
                                                                                              timber.	But	does	not	have	the	products	in	stock	to	match	the	commitment	at	this	stage.	Not	
  (Wtn)                                                                                       ITTG	member.	
                                                                                              ITTG member.

  Danske Mobler                                                     c	                        Formerly did a range using FSC timber and is NZ made. Not using kwila. Verbal commitment
                                                                                              Formerly	did	a	range	using	FSC	timber	and	is	NZ	made.	Not	using	kwila.	Verbal	commitment	
                                                               (slipping)                     to FSC certified in the future but no timeline.
                                                                                              to	FSC	certified	in	the	future	but	no	timeline.

  Farmers                                                        c	                           Having a dabble with some certified products but commitment to FSC or verified legal
                                                                                              Having	a	dabble	with	some	certified	products	but	commitment	to	FSC	or	verified	legal	
                                                            (mixed	bag)
                                                            (mixed bag)                       products not clear.
                                                                                              products	not	clear.	

  itM                                                               c-                        Member	of	ITTG	and	commitment	to	certified	sources	but	little	consistency	with	purchasing	by	
                                                                                              Member of ITTG and commitment to certified sources but little consistency with purchasing by
                                                            (mixed	bag)
                                                            (mixed bag)                       individual	members	so	mixed	and	slow	progress.	Stores	still	selling	kwila.
                                                                                              individual members so mixed and slow progress. Stores still selling kwila.

  Kenneallys                                                        c-                        Large	range	of	kwila	products.	Cannot	verify	source	at	the	moment	but	claims	to	be	moving	to	
                                                                                              Large range of kwila products. Cannot verify source at the moment but claims to be moving to
  (chch)                                                 (right	direction)
                                                         (right direction)                    verified or certified sources.
                                                                                              verified	or	certified	sources.	

  Big Save                                                     D+	                            Claims to have had best intentions but didn’t deliver. Procurement policy not clear and sales
                                                                                              Claims	to	have	had	best	intentions	but	didn’t	deliver.	Procurement	policy	not	clear	and	sales	
                                                                                              staff	poorly	informed.	Claims	they	are	committed	to	only	have	good	wood	products	for	next	
                                                                                              staff poorly informed. Claims they are committed to only have good wood products for next
  Furniture                                              (disappointing)
                                                                                              summer	range.	Not	ITTG	member.
                                                                                              summer range. Not ITTG member.

  Harvey Norman                                                      D	  Large range of products. Some of the products are claimed to be plantation wood but only
                                                                         Large	range	of	products.	Some	of	the	products	are	claimed	to	be	plantation	wood	but	only	
                                                    (should	know	better) limited	information	on	verification.	Part	of	a	large	Australian	chain	that	should	know	better.	Not	
                                                    (should know better) limited information on verification. Part of a large Australian chain that should know better. Not
                                                                         clear	on	what	procurement	plans	are	for	2008	range.	Not	ITTG	member.
                                                                         clear on what procurement plans are for 2008 range. Not ITTG member.

  overton                                                       D	                            Focus on kwila. No verification of legality or credible certification. Unclear on commitments.
                                                                                              Focus	on	kwila.	No	verification	of	legality	or	credible	certification.	Unclear	on	commitments.	
                                                           (a	way	to	go)
                                                           (a way to go)                      Not	ITTG	member.	But	NZ	made.
                                                                                              Not ITTG member. But NZ made.

  Devon                                                         D	                            Focus	on	kwila.	Policy	and	commitment	not	known	(no	information	provided).	Not	ITTG	
                                                                                              Focus on kwila. Policy and commitment not known (no information provided). Not ITTG
                                                           (a	way	to	go)
                                                           (a way to go)                      member.

  Smiths city                                                       D-                        No credibly certified products. Commitment to certified and verified legal timber not known.
                                                                                              No	credibly	certified	products.	Commitment	to	certified	and	verified	legal	timber	not	known.	
  (chch)                                                   (a way to go)
                                                           (a	way	to	go)                      Not ITTG member. One product range moving in the right direction.
                                                                                              Not	ITTG	member.	One	product	range	moving	in	the	right	direction.	

  Four Seasons                                                  e	                            Selling kwila. Unclear policy commitment. Confusing source information given when requested.
                                                                                              Selling	kwila.	Unclear	policy	commitment.	Confusing	source	information	given	when	requested.	
                                                           (a	way	to	go)
                                                           (a way to go)                      Not an ITTG member.
                                                                                              Not	an	ITTG	member.

  Mr Kwila                                                           F	                       Focus on kwila only. Information on their sourcing in PNG contradicts claims of from
                                                                                              Focus	on	kwila	only.	Information	on	their	sourcing	in	PNG	contradicts	claims	of	from	
  (and Kwila World)                                                (Fail)                     ‘environmentally	friendly	managed	forests’	on	their	website.
                                                                                              ‘environmentally friendly managed forests’ on their website.

  Design                                                             F	                       Selling	kwila	from	Indonesia	and	aggressively	marketing.	No	credible	certification	or	legality	
                                                                                              Selling kwila from Indonesia and aggressively marketing. No credible certification or legality
  Warehouse (ak)                                                   (Fail)                     verification and no known intention to move in this direction.
                                                                                              verification	and	no	known	intention	to	move	in	this	direction.

1.	   Companies	listed	may	also	be	manufacturers,	wholesalers/distributors	as	well	as	retailers.
2.	   Forest	Stewardship	Council	–	the	most	credible	global	forest	product	certification	scheme.
3.	   Those	in	transition	to	credible	certification,	such	as	Tropical	Forest	Trust	(TFT)	and	‘Smartstep’.
4.	   New	Zealand	Imported	Tropical	Timber	Group

								
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