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Which companies are sourcing wood from irreplaceable forests in the Heart of Borneo? Which ones are in bed with dirty suppliers from conflict states and African dictatorships? Which timber traders are ignoring all warnings to help build fancy yachts and luxury items from suspect wood? They like to say they are concerned about the world’s remaining forests. They could tell us they are only following the rules. They may insist they are leading champions of sustainability. Some of them even claim to be helping save baby orangutans. But these statements don't stand up to scrutiny. Unfortunately, there isn't enough scrutinising going on.
There are laws in place to ensure that dodgy wood isn’t entering markets in America and Europe. They aren’t being respected. Neither are the concerns of the consumers who care about the fate of the world’s forests. We decided we could no longer stand back and watch in silence as this happened. So we created Timberleaks. Backed up with hard evidence, including from a growing network of industry informants, we’re here to dish the dirt on the most scandalous practices of the wood industry to the people who most need to hear it.
As well as being published here, our stories are sent directly to over 100 relevant enforcement officials, thousands of wood product importers, plus the wood purchasing managers of some of the largest retail stores chains in the world. They are also sent to prominent industry groups and sustainability bodies, and shared with the press. We want stronger action taken by the companies that continue to drag their heels on cleaning up their supply chains. And we would like it soon. Our forests are running out of time.
06.01.2020 No US firm imports more high-risk wood from Peru than Robinson Lumber and they continue to buy from a company with a long rap sheet of alleged illegalities
19.12.2019 $35m of timber purchased by major EU parquet flooring manufacturers from two Ukraine firms linked to widespread illegal logging, corruption and business malpractices
05.07.2019 Six years after EU law introduced to curb illegal timber imports, the trade in suspect wood from Africa continues as French authorities fail to act
03.06.2019 A slew of companies are purchasing wood from a supplier owned by the wife of Ukraine’s former forestry chief, even though a criminal case against the couple is ongoing
18.11.2018 Floor & Decor continues to buy from Indusparquet despite the company being fined $170,000 for allegedly using fraudulent operating permits
26.04.2018 Despite illegal logging record and links to a brutal Amazon massacre, Industrial Pine Products continues to buy the tropical timber
19.10.2017 Products made from the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo, supplied by a firm known to have bulldozed intact forests, abused indigenous people and propped up the regime of a billionaire kleptocrat
19.10.2017 There is rampant illegality and corruption in the logging industry in Myanmar. So why do two US firms continue to import large quantities of teak?
19.10.2017 Evidence compiled by Earthsight reveals that French companies are importing logs from dictatorships, conflict states and some of the most controversial logging companies