|Home Depot Reviews Timber Policy|
|Topic||Ethics and Social Responsibility|
|Key Words||social responsibility, conservation|
Environmental groups have been pressuring retailers that sell wood to help conserve forests. Home Depot, the largest wood retailer, vowed in 1999 that it would quit selling wood from environmentally sensitive forests by the start of this year. In order to do this, Home Depot first had to ask vendors where they got their wood, who in turn had to ask their suppliers. Home Depot has reduced its wood purchases from rainforests and from wood gotten through nonsustainable methods (without replanting or in large tracts of clear-cutting). Environmentalists feel the changes Home Depot is making may prompt others to modify their approach to harvesting timber.
Staples, Inc. is another company that has made changes in reaction to pressure from environmentalists. It is aiming to more than triple the recycled material in paper products sold in its stores. Lowes Cos., a competitor to Home Depot, released its own wood procurement policy in mid-2000, which seeks to aggressively phase out the purchase of wood from endangered forests.
|Source||Dan Morse, "Home Depot Reviews Timber Policy," Wall Street Journal January 2, 2003, p. A13.|
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