About the Tool
For both large companies buying high volumes of forest products, and small companies with only a few employees, it can be time-consuming, expensive, and difficult to find accurate information about where wood products come from and the species they're made from.
The Risk Information Tool, a project of the Forest Legality Alliance in cooperation with partners around the world, was developed in response to a changing landscape for the international trade in forest products. Because of new laws requiring that timber imports into the United States, the European Union and Australia be of legal origin, we saw a need for helpful, user-friendly information that provides more detail about where these products come from and what issues a buyer might encounter. We aim to:
- pull together all relevant legislation and regulation in source countries,
- provide useful information about some of the most commonly traded or commercially important timber species,
- provide contact information for local authorities, business associations, and civil society groups that may be able to assist in the procurement process or answer specific questions, and
- explain some of the most commonly encountered legality policies.
The Risk Information Tool is designed to make it easier for users to ask informed questions during the process of conducting due care or due diligence on their forest product supply chains. Use of this tool does not constitute due care or due diligence. The aim of this tool is to provide helpful information in one place as well as serve as a portal to useful tools developed by other organizations.
You can search by country to find information about relevant laws and local contacts who might be able to help answer more questions. You can also search by species to see where a particular type of tree grows, what it might be called in other languages, what it’s commonly used for, whether it’s endangered, and specific restrictions under national or international laws and regulations.