DLH's Good Supplier Programme
Why implementing GSP?
In a time where the world’s forests are threatened by illegal logging and high rates of deforestation, DLH is committed to the responsible sourcing of wood products. To help achieve this goal, we have established the Good Supplier Programme (GSP).
GSP is a tool used to collect and evaluate information on how suppliers produce, process and trade wood. Information is collected primarily on origin, legality and verification and certification. GSP serves as a risk-assessment tool covering all tropical countries as well as Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and China.
How does GSP work?
GSP is based on self declaration from the supplier. Our local procurement staff receives the information from the suppliers and evaluate it based on their specific knowledge of each supplier and country in question.
GSP does not substitute independent third party verification or certification. Therefore, we encourage our suppliers to obtain full verification of legality from an independent third party or to aim for full certification in accordance with an international acknowledged certification scheme.
GSP was first launched in 2002 in a number of African countries. Since then, the GSP has been revised several times and today it covers all tropical countries, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and China. More than 600 suppliers are currently participating in the programme.
GSP has proven to be an excellent "early warning" tool that allows us to be pro-active in problematic situations. As a direct consequence of GSP, we have stopped procurement in some countries and regions altogether and are phasing out suppliers from high risk areas that are not able to provide us with adequate information.