The aim of the Clarke Veneers and Plywood Regulatory Compliance Program is to enable a rigorous assessment and mitigation of supply chain risk, and a demonstrable and consistent basis for confidence in the products we buy and sell. To accomplish these objectives, we have developed and implemented an end-to-end regulatory compliance policy called our Verified Vendor Legality Assurance System.
Of the many features of the Verified Vendor System designed to ensure legal and sustainable business opportunities, some of the most significant include our Responsible Sourcing Policy, our supplier review, and our three-way risk assessment matrix methodology. These techniques have been developed by Clarke Veneers and Plywood to meet the unique challenges of our business environment and the information requirements of our customers. They closely follow industry guidelines and best practices.
Clarke Veneers and Plywood is committed to serving the wood industry by buying and selling legally and responsibly sourced products, and to representing these products with integrity in the marketplace. Furthermore, we are dedicated to fostering an accountable and ethical culture of business within our organization and our supply chain. To these ends, Clarke Veneers and Plywood has instituted a systematic approach to regulatory and environmental compliance that involves all employees in many different roles.
Clarke Veneers and Plywood believes a culture of responsibility and regulatory compliance can be fostered through a program comprising three key elements: consistent documentation, conscientious sourcing, and intelligent leveraging of reputable certification resources.
In the service of these program elements, the Clarke Veneers and Plywood compliance program includes the following high-level components:
In accordance with Clarke Veneers and Plywood’s ethical guidelines, our criteria for approving or denying a supplier include the following points:
A business opportunity is automatically denied if, to the best of our knowledge, it involves any of the following factors:
The country or region of harvest is considered high-risk if, to the best of our knowledge, it involves any of the following factors:
The species is considered high-risk if, to the best of our knowledge, it involves any of the following factors:
The supplier organization is considered high-risk if, to the best of our knowledge, it involves any of the following factors:
The preceding risk factors are mitigated, to various extents, if the following conditions exist:
Clarke Veneers and Plywood takes responsible sourcing seriously, and continues to expand and reinforce our sourcing policy to affirm our commitment to legal and environmental compliance.