Corporate Sustainability

Vandecasteele Houtimport is a traditional familiy business and strong environmental credentials (FSC®, PEFC, MTCC, VLO, OLB and TLTV) are of paramount importance to the sustainability of the business.

Since the year 2000 Vandecasteele Houtimport has committed itself through the Corporate Sustainability Charter by signing up to environmental objectives exceeding applicable environmental legislation.

The West Flanders Corporate Sustainability Charter brings together Companies who voluntarily further strengthen all aspects of their business to set exemplary standards for others to follow. Proving it is possible to have a first class business coupled with fine and due consideration to all others. Business which is considerate and efficient. It is not necessary to benefit from exploitation or taking advantage of natural resources.

The Charter is a management tool and is based on the 6 “P” s  - Profit – People – Planet - Policy - Participation and Passion.
Vandecasteele Houtimport is committed to continuously improving the environmental performance.  
Charter themes focus on 10 items  including the durable management  of  energy , water, waste, pollution, noise and packaging.   Also, the environmental integration of the company and people management .

Responsible Purchasing Policy

VANDECASTEELE HOUTIMPORT has appointed a Director to be responsible for the implementation of this Policy and will ensure that relevant sustainability issues are discussed regularly at the highest level of management.

VANDECASTEELE HOUTIMPORT will ensure that all employees associated with timber purchasing are aware of the Policy commitments, and are given appropriate education and training to allow its full implementation.

VANDECASTEELE HOUTIMPORT recognises that it has a responsibility to the environment, customers, suppliers and staff to base its commercial activities on well-managed forests.

VANDECASTEELE HOUTIMPORT is committed to purchasing all timber from minimum legal sources with a preference for well-managed and will seek evidence of compliance from suppliers by operating a due diligence risk assessment tool.

VANDECASTEELE HOUTIMPORT recognises that the credible independent certification of forests and chain of custody provide assurances that the timber comes from legal and well-managed forests.

VANDECASTEELE HOUTIMPORT will only accept, or use labels or certificates that include environmental or sustainability claims that are supported by publicly available standards drawn up in a fully participatory, transparent and objective process and verified by independent third-party auditing.

VANDECASTEELE HOUTIMPORT will not encourage boycotts or bans on specific species of timber. Notwithstanding this, the company will cease to purchase any timber and timber products whose supply is in breach of any international regulation.

VANDECASTEELE HOUTIMPORT is committed to continuously improve the proportion of timber and timber products that originate from legal and well-managed forests.

VANDECASTEELE HOUTIMPORT declares not to be directly or indirectly involved in the following activities:
a) Illegal logging or the trade in illegal wood or forest products;
b) Violation of traditional and human rights in forestry operations;
c) Destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations;
d) Significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use;
e) Introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations;
f) Violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions, as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 1998. 
Signed by:
Owner, Stefaan Vandecasteele, 8.01.2018
Membership ATIBT
We believe in a durable and sustainable futur of our forests. By giving  the timber a commercial value, the futur of our forests are guaranteed.