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Timber, legally harvested by the Samatex company which participates in WWF's Global Forest Trade ... 
	© Hartmut Jungius / WWF

Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN)

The Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) seeks to mainstream the principles of responsible forest management and sustainable trade throughout the global forest products industry, by providing technical assistance and fostering links between committed companies. Independent forest certification is a key tool in this process.

WWF believes that by engaging business in challenging and innovative partnerships, companies can not only contribute to global sustainability but also ensure their long-term commercial success. By improving their own business practices and by using their influence on supply chains, progressive companies can create the necessary market conditions to support responsible forest management, while also generating wider economic and social benefits.

GFTN participants across the globe, 2009.
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GFTN facilitates responsible forest management and trade in more than 30 countries worldwide. While Australia has its own active forest industry, Australia’s forest footprint extends to many other countries, including WWF priority places in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and China.

By implementing GFTN recommendations on responsible trade in forest products, Australian businesses can help drive improvements in forest management throughout Asia, where over 2.2 million hectares of tropical rainforests are currently being lost to unsustainable forest practices each year.


GFTN works with more than 300 companies across the globe, providing technical solutions and fostering links between companies committed to responsible forestry and trade. GFTN-Australia is open to any Australian entity that supplies or uses timber or paper, and which is committed to ensuring a legal, responsible and sustainable supply chain.

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GFTN offers a unique, credible, transparent framework, through which producers and buyers can adopt and demonstrate best practice to their stakeholders, including investors, customers, governments, NGOs, and the media. GFTN employs a proven, 'stepwise approach' that enables companies to develop tailored forest management and procurement strategies, which clearly identify specific steps, targets and timeframes.
Bunnings logo 
	© Bunnings
© Bunnings
Bunnings is Australia and New Zealand’s leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products and a major supplier of building materials. Bunnings is a founding participant of GFTN-Australia since 2008.
Kimberly-Clark Logo 
	© Kimberly-Clark
© Kimberly-Clark
Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand, a subsidiary of the US-based Kimberly-Clark Corporation, markets innovative health and hygiene products that people come into contact with every day. Kimberly-Clark is a GFTN participant.
Officeworks logo. 
	© Officeworks
© Officeworks
As Australia's leading retailer and supplier of office products and solutions for home, business and education needs, Officeworks is committed to promoting responsible forest management through its diverse range of products and suppliers. Officeworks joined the GFTN in 2014.