Aljoma Export Lumber

Our Standards

Our Sources

Aljoma imports lumber from countries including Fiji, Africa, Bolivia, Philippines, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Honduras, and China. In South America, we buy primarily North American pines transplanted from the U.S. and grown on plantations. The wood we buy from China is also plantation-grown. Because our resources come from suppliers worldwide, we believe it is imperative to adopt policies and strategies that address economic costs and environmental impact globally.

Our Procurement Practices

We are particular about our partners – the suppliers and others with whom we do business – and demand they share our sense of environmental concern. We review and monitor our vendors operations through regular dialogue, on-site visits, and independent certification of their operations and standards. We recognize and prefer vendors that use third-party certification agencies dedicated to verifying environmentally sound business practices.

Among the certification programs we recognize are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), the International Standards Organization (ISO 14001), the Pan-European Forest Certification (PEFC), and other qualified organizations devoted to the sustainability of the world’s forests, wildlife and watersheds. We do not favor or endorse one program over another; each has its strengths and place.

In relation to tropical forests, Aljoma Lumber asks suppliers to show evidence that they and their respective governments are undertaking practical measures to implement the International Timber Trade Organization (ITTO) Objective 2000; and urges the U.S. Government to maintain and increase aid and other positive assistance to those tropical countries which are endeavoring to implement ITTO "Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forests."