The world's forests support the ecological and climate processes upon which biodiversity and human life depend.
Lowe's is concerned about the protection of these critical resources and recognizes that, through the products we sell, our company can play an important role in determining whether these forests will remain for future generations.
Lowe's Policy on the Wood Contained in Its Products
Lowe's long-term goal is to ensure that all wood products sold in our stores originate from well-managed, non-endangered forests.
In order to meet this goal, Lowe's will:
- Aggressively phase out the purchase of wood products from endangered forests as these areas are identified and mapped.
- Work with vendors to encourage the maintenance of natural forests and environmentally responsible forest practices.
- Give preference to the procurement of wood products from independently certified, well-managed forests. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is recognized as having the highest certification standards available today and will be given preference over other certification systems.
- Continue to encourage our customers to increase the efficiency of wood use.
- Work with our suppliers to increase the procurement of quality recycled, engineered and alternative products, when their environmental benefits are clearly demonstrated.
In order to accomplish our goal, we will support the work of conservation organizations, governments, indigenous peoples and other groups that help to improve forest management practices worldwide. We will continue to work with our suppliers to help increase the supply of certified wood products we can make available to our customers.
Our original wood policy published in 2000 referenced “an immediate ban on wood coming from the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia.” In recognition of a 20 year process to craft an agreement between First Nations, environmentalists, forestry companies and the government of British Columbia, the ban on products from this area is no longer in effect and we celebrate the protection of this globally-important resource.
“Endangered forests” can be found globally and may or may not be mapped. As areas are identified, our goal is to work with our suppliers to learn more about their supply challenges and change supply areas where warranted.
Endangered forests (or high conservation value forests) include intact (primary and old growth) forests. They also include the most nearly intact tracts of all threatened forests, areas with high incidents of illegal logging, forests in areas undergoing violent conflict (conflict timber), forests claimed by indigenous peoples with traditional land claims, and forests of special importance to the conservation of global biodiversity where little or no primary and old-growth vegetation occurs today.
Wood from endangered forests may be accepted if it is certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or equivalent system.