Join the RPP

The NWFA Responsible Procurement Program (RPP) entails a commitment to continuous progress within its framework, as measured by increased sales of products approved by the program.

  • RPP Program Document
  • RPP Standard

  • 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.

    • Tier 1 requires participation in the RPP Chain-of-Custody program. It details Program requirements for use of the NWFA Verified From U.S. Renewing Forests label with products made from domestic timber, and for assessing and managing risk for products made from timber harvested outside of the U.S. Program participants have three years from the date of issuance of their RPP Chain-of-Custody certificate to progress from Tier 1 to Tier 2.
    • Tier 2 requires FSC Chain-of-Custody certification and a commitment to building, over time, trade in FSC-certified wood products.
    • Tier 3 is the highest level of achievement within the RPP. While the other two tiers are mandatory and time-bound, Tier 3 is has no prescribed timeline in recognition of its aspirational nature. It recognizes companies whose trade in FSC-certified products exceeds 50% of overall sales.

    For information on preparing for your audit, and further information regarding the RPP, please contact John Forbes, NWFA Manufacturer Services Director.

    Frequently Asked Questions


    About Our RPP Partners

    SCS Global Services is a global leader in independent certification and verification of environmental, sustainability, stewardship, food quality, food safety and food purity claims.

    The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

    The World Wildlife Fund (WFF) works to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature by conserving the world's biological diversity, and ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable.

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