While RAFT’s work focuses on producers and manufacturers of wood and paper products, we recognize the important role that consumers, and large retailers in particular, have in creating demand and incentives for better practices in the forests and factories that supply them.
RAFT provides the supply-side capacity building, technical support and networking opportunities to help Asia Pacific suppliers meet their buyers’ responsible sourcing needs. This includes creating opportunities for increased dialogue between retailers in major wood and paper products markets and their suppliers about their legality and sustainability requirements and connecting buyers directly with suppliers who can meet their responsible sourcing needs.
As a growing number of retailers begin to introduce responsible sourcing policies, there is a need to ground these ambitions in the realities of the forests and plantations that are needed to make them work. Together, RAFT partners offer the expertise and relationships to help retailers translate these policies into the responsible supply chains they are designed to ensure.