First Eight Companies Qualify for China Forest and Trade Network

First Eight Companies Qualify for China Forest and Trade Network

The China Forest and Trade Network (CFTN) marked a major milestone when it announced that eight companies have qualified as its first official members. The companies include two of China's largest state-owned forest bureaus, three major private manufacturing companies based in mainland China, and three trading companies located in Hong Kong.

Launched in March 2005, CFTN is the China chapter of the World Wildlife Fund's Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN), a worldwide partnership between leading non-governmental organizations, companies, and communities aimed at eliminating illegal logging and improving the management of valuable and threatened forests. By facilitating market links between companies committed to achieving and supporting responsible forestry, GFTN seeks to create market conditions that help conserve forests and biodiversity, while providing economic and social benefits for the businesses and people who depend on them.

"China is emerging as a dominant force in the global forest trade," said Jin Zhonghao, manager of the CFTN said at yesterday's event. "It's crucial that Chinese companies have a network that enables them to demonstrate that they are managing forests sustainably and processing and trading forest products responsibly. We welcome the first eight CFTN members who can serve as guiding lights for others in the industry."

CFTN member companies acknowledge that, given the state of today's changing global forest market, responsible forest management and trade is good business. The companies see the potential to grow their export trade by becoming more responsible in their purchasing and achieving credible certification.

"Our customers in Europe demand certified and legal timber," said Peter Cox, quality assurance manager for Hong Kong-based trading company Kingfisher Asia Ltd. "CFTN can provide the support to our Chinese manufacturers that will help us meet this demand."

To qualify for the CFTN, all new member companies must undergo baseline audits and prepare detailed action plans to improve their environmental performance. The CFTN provides technical support and guidance to help these companies follow through on these action plans in order to achieve credible certification within a five-year period.

The China Forest and Trade Network members are:

  • Jinlin Province Baihe Forest Bureau (Producer)
  • Heilongjiang Province Youhao Forest Bureau (Producer)
  • Yihua Timber (Manufacturer)
  • Shanghai Anxin Flooring Co. Ltd. (Manufacturer)
  • Yingbin (Shunde-Foshan) Timber Co. Ltd. (Manufacturer)
  • Kingfisher Asia Ltd. (Trading company)
  • 100% Concept Asia Pacific Ltd. (Trading Company)
  • Auma International Ltd. (Trading Company)
More information on the program is available online.