Chinese timber companies commit to jointly develop the global green supply chain


Representatives of some of China’s leading timber enterprises pose for a photograph with ITTO’s Executive Director, Dr Gerhard Dieterle (second from left), and Chinese government officials after pledging their commitment to the establishment of a global green timber supply chain. Photo: R. Carrillo/ITTO

A workshop and dialogue co-convened by ITTO in China in late June concluded with a call by twelve leading Chinese forest products enterprises—with a combined annual turnover of RMB 80 billion (about US$12 billion)—for the establishment of a global green supply chain (GGSC) initiative, to be facilitated by ITTO.

ITTO has a mandate to promote sustainable forest management (SFM) and the expansion and diversification of tropical timber trade from legal and sustainable sources. In collaboration with the Center for International Forest Products Trade of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China (CINFT/NFGA), ITTO organized the International Workshop on Global Green Supply Chain of Forest Products and Dialogue with Chinese Leading Forest Products Enterprises in Beijing, China, on 21–22 June 2018 with the aim of promoting interest in green supply chains in China’s vast timber sector.