The Minister of Forestry for Indonesia, Hasan Zulkifli visited James Latham’s Thurrock depot recently as part of a delegation that was in the UK to learn more about the ODA’s (Olympic Delivery Authority) purchasing policy.
Indonesia is in the final stages of negotiating a bi-lateral FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) agreement with the European Union and the Minister was keen to learn more about how companies such as James Latham would implement the EU Timber Regulation which comes into force in March 2013.
James Latham’s Chairman, Peter Latham OBE, accompanied the delegation during their trip who, as well as visiting Lathams’ depot where they inspected FSC Certified Flamebreak door blanks, also called in at the Olympic Park where they met Noah Bold, Environment and Sustainability Assurance Manager at the ODA, who oversaw the purchasing and control of all timber products on site.
Peter Latham commented, “James Latham was a major purchaser of Indonesian plywood in the 1980s and 90s and following concerns about illegal logging raised by Greenpeace in 2004, we worked closely with suppliers who were willing to have their log supply chains assessed under a programme set up by the Timber Trades Federation.
“Since then a number of these suppliers have achieved FSC certification, notably PT Kutai Timber Indonesia, our supplier of Flamebreak door blanks and PT Sumalindo. We supplied FSC certified Flamebreak door blanks to the Olympic Park, hence Minister Zulkifli’s visit there.”