Timber Development UK (TDUK) is proud to support the Broader Market Recognition Coalition (BMRC), an initiative aimed at promoting sustainable forestry systems in tropical timber-producing countries and enhancing their access to international markets.
The BMRC, which includes six founder members – Indonesia, Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, the Republic of Congo, and Guyana – seeks to raise awareness of national sustainable forestry systems (NSFS) and highlight their environmental, social, and economic benefits.
The BMRC was established following the Tropical Timber Accord, a significant milestone presented at COP26 in Glasgow in 2021. While acknowledging the EU and UK’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, which incentivises sustainable forest management, the Accord called for a more comprehensive initiative. The BMRC was created as a mechanism to gain broader market recognition for national systems’ legality and sustainability.
TDUK, as the executive support for BMRC, plays a critical role in promoting the coalition’s objectives. The BMRC Roadmap, which outlines member commitments, including the assessment and validation of NSFS against international sustainable forest policy criteria, was developed through extensive stakeholder engagement.
Unlike third-party certification, the BMRC does not aim to replace existing schemes like FSC and PEFC. Instead, it emphasizes the advantages of national sustainability forestry systems, which cover entire national landscapes and are embedded in law.
BMRC’s chain of custody standards align with existing certification schemes, allowing for seamless adaptation for accreditation companies. On-product labelling will signify progress, not only for fully endorsed NSFS members but also for those in the endorsement process, incorporating graduated claims.
The BMRC’s marketing strategy targets key decision-makers and advocates for harmonized import regulations to combat the illegal trade in forest products. The coalition’s efforts extend to supporting research on the life cycle impacts on products under BMRC-endorsed forest systems, reinforcing their low carbon footprint and environmental benefits.
The BMRC anticipates growing global recognition of independently endorsed sustainable forestry systems, aligning with the evolving procurement policies and import controls of major consumer markets. The coalition aims to make the forest products industries of member countries more investable, tapping into the burgeoning sustainable investment landscape.
TDUK is committed to supporting the BMRC’s mission and ensuring the success of this transformative initiative through collaborative efforts and strategic partnerships. For more information on the BMRC, including the Roadmap, events, membership, and FAQs, please visit the BMRC website.