Responsible Procurement Program

The National Wood Flooring Association's Responsible Procurement Program (RPP) is a joint initiative between leading environmental groups and industry manufacturers committed to producing and promoting wood floors that come only from environmentally and socially responsible sources, improving forest sustainability for future generations.

To accomplish this, the RPP has been designed to:

  • Enable participating companies to exercise environmental responsibility in their procurement process
  • Demonstrate improvement over time “transitional to higher levels of environmental and social responsibility” as recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council
  • Provide options for exercising due care under the U.S. Lacey Act
  • Provide RPP participants with effective marketing support including use of a program logo

Key Elements of the Program

The RPP is:

  • Open to all companies that wish to participate
  • Voluntary
  • Transparent
  • Intended to bring about real change in the wood products trade
  • Verified through independent third-party auditing


The RPP was conceived by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) in conjunction with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), Forest Stewardship Council U.S (FSC), and the Rainforest Alliance TREES US Program.

The RPP entails a commitment to continuous progress within the RPP framework, as measured by increased sales of products approved by the program. The RPP provides progressive “tiers” that act like rungs on a ladder on which participants move gradually upward toward ever-higher levels of social and environmental performance.

Learn more about the grant program for woodland sustainability through RPP.

Congratulations to the following companies that are certified under the RPP:

  • Anderson Hardwood Floors
  • Mannington
  • Mullican Flooring
  • Shaw Hardwoods
  • Sheoga Hardwood Flooring & Paneling

Is your company interested in joining the RPP? Get more information!

Once you have joined the RPP, NWFA has prepared a toolkit to help you implement the process.

RPP in the News


Check out the FSC Toolkit for Hardwood Sawmills.

NWFA RPP Governing Board

Don Finkell, Chairman
Appalachian Standard Floors Inc

Corey Brinkema
FSC-US

Jason Grant
Jason Grant Consulting

Rick Holden
Derr Flooring Co.

Robert Hrubes
Scientific Certification Systems, Inc.

Neil Poland
Mullican Flooring

For further information concerning the Licensing Agreements, please contact Michael Martin.

To view a sample licensing agreement to participate in the RPP, click here.

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