Solid wood flooring
European white oak (Quercus robur)
Origin of harvest
Brooks Bros (UK) Ltd is one of the first companies in the world to use Nature’s Barcode™ to verify that our white oak flooring products are legally harvested and manufactured. This provides assurance of species, traceability of wood back to known origin, and conformance with local laws at every stage of the supply chain.
Benefits of verification
WE BRING YOU PEACE OF MIND.
Our verification system makes sure that the harvest, transport and manufacture of the product comply with local regulations, and the logs that are used to manufacture these products all come from Western Europe.
This brings unparalleled assurance of legality and traceability for every piece of timber, as well as quality associated with consistent use of species and supply for all purchases.
WE TAKE OUR DUE DILIGENCE SERIOUSLY.
Due diligence is a continuous process. Our verification system consists of a series of controls to consistently maintain product quality and legal compliance with local regulatory requirements.
Scientific testing is applied for further assurance.
Material substitution and associated document fraud is one of the most common ways that illegal timber is laundered into global supply chains.
Scientific testing is a truly independent way to verify the origin of the logs used in production, so as to ensure only logs of Western European origin are used.
Nature’s Barcode™ methodology
An independent party has conducted a comprehensive risk assessment on this product. This has included:
• supply chain analysis to assess level of traceability back to a region at low risk of illegal harvest.
• identification of any risk of species or origin substitution along the product supply chain.
We have then implemented the following controls to ensure that only European white oak, Quercus robur, from identified sources in Western Europe is used to manufacture our products:
All oak purchases are actively monitored. Any new log source is subjected to a risk assessment. This results in improved control over raw material sourcing, and any impact it may have on the supply chain risk profile and product quality. Production records of the manufacturer are also monitored regularly.
PRODUCT VERIFICATION LABELS
Each individual bundle of verified product is labelled. This label includes a unique product verification code. Documentary evidence has been compiled for all verified product shipments, and can be traced using this verification code.
Isotope testing is applied on a sample of product and raw material to verify that the timber used in production originates from Western Europe.
The results verify the accuracy of log harvest and transportation records and provide early warning of any potential issues of mixing or substitution.
An independent third party visits the factory at least twice a year to conduct onsite inspection, covers:
• Product "backtrack" to match product output with raw material (logs) input on a randomly selected sample of product bundles. The number of bundles randomly selected for verification is calculated based on ISO inspection guidelines.
• A log reconciliation audit to match log purchase, transport and factory receipt records. Logs in the log yard are viewed and checked for markings. The number of logs selected is also based on ISO inspection guidelines.
• A review of log procurement and production processes, in order to monitor changes in practices that may impact supply chain risk.
• Random checks of manufacturer production records, log transportation, and log delivery. This process tests the ability of the supply chain to provide, on demand, documentation specific to individual consignments.
Find out more
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