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2 November 2011 | Adam
company Wolseley is
strengthening controls around its timber sourcing to make it more robust ahead
of legislative changes.
The company's CorporateResponsibility report,
published yesterday, said that while it is already fully compliant with current
regulations over timber sourcing, its procurement team is developing tougher
controls to ensure it will meet future EU regulations. Under the rules, which
come into force in 2013, companies putting timber products onto the European
market must be able to identify all the suppliers involved in the product
The company said it
believed changes it was putting in place would provide other benefits to the
organisation, including more efficient and robust purchasing processes and
giving customers greater confidence that they can rely on them for high-quality
products and materials.
To develop stronger
controls the Wolseley launched a pilot programme with a selection of suppliers.
The procurement team developed an assessment process to provide details on how
to comply with its policy and providing documentary evidence.
The company is now looking
to roll out the programme across its supply chain and intends to be able to
assess risks associated with the supplier, country of origin and the supplier’s
own supply chain. The project has resulted in a closer working relationship
between the sourcing, quality assurance and quality control teams.
The Corporate Responsibility report, which was released as part of the
company’s annual report, also revealed that it had developed an anti-fraud and
anti-corruption manual that was distributed to all employees. Individuals whose
particular job role makes them ‘high risk’ will be given more comprehensive training.