Working Sustainably

Hardwoods Specialty Products is built around renewable and recyclable resources. As North America’s largest hardwood wholesale distributors, we are active in our efforts to minimize our environmental impact in addition to providing products that are recognized for contributions to sustainability.

Every one of our distribution centers has been certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) for Chain of Custody. FSC guarantees the integrity of the supply chain for certified products and insures that products have been harvested from forests that meet stringent environmental, social and economic standards or are from verified recycled sources.

We are also members of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC), supporting green building initiatives through accredited programs such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). This program is active in 30 countries around the world and has rapidly become the most widely used standard in certifying green construction; our LEED® Credit Product Guide provides information on product credit contributions.  

CEU PROGRAMS: Hardwoods is a proud member of the Composite Panel Association (CPA) This association is an approved provider of Continuing Education Courses for the American Institute of Architects. CPA has developed the following courses for architects and designers to learn about the benefits of sourcing wood-based composite panels and decorative surfaces

The Science of Sustainability: How Composite Wood Panels Measure-up

In Practice

Hardwoods reduces the environmental impact of our operations through waste prevention. Both paper and aluminum recycling programs are standard practice, as is electronic invoicing, which reduces our requirement for paper and the use of fossil fuels in the delivery of those invoices. Our distribution centers only purchase consumable paper products made from post consumer, recycled or Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) fiber, and all cardboard cover sheets are made from 100% recycled cardboard.

Product and Supplies

We strive to continually add new environmentally responsible materials to our product offerings. We know that the strength of our green product line is only as environmental as our supply chain. Therefore we look for vendors whose products have been certified through a third party. Many of our vendors are certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Composite Panel Association’s Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP), the Program for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC), and ISO 140011 for environmental management, as well as by the California Air Resource Board (CARB) for composite wood product emissions.

Social Responsibility

Global and local communities vastly benefit from well managed forests, and we understand that the decisions we make in how we conduct our business and where we source products, also implies a social and economic responsibility to the people and communities that live in those regions. For this reason, we ask that our foreign manufacturers supply us a statement of compliance with all government regulations regarding fair wages and labor unions’ rights to collective bargaining, as well as contribute to the laborer’s social insurance benefit programs as enforced by their local governments.