We take ethical sourcing seriously, knowing that we owe it to our customers, associates and society to leverage our values towards a collective commitment to human rights, safety and environmentally sound practices. How? By procuring most of our wood from plentiful North American forests. By partnering with nonprofits, governments and industry leaders to limit harvesting in areas where precious rain forests are endangered. And by building relationships with vendors and suppliers who share our commitment to protecting the Earth’s natural resources. We also conduct thousands of supplier audits around the world each year to ensure our suppliers are following our Social & Environmental Responsibility (SER) Standards, mandated in the factories where our products are manufactured.
WOOD PURCHASING POLICY
To help protect endangered forests and to ensure that there will be timber for future generations, we formalized a Wood Purchasing Policy in 1999. Since then, we’ve led suppliers toward understanding and practicing sustainable forestry throughout the world. We give preference to wood from forests managed in a responsible way. We sell less than 1 percent of all wood cut worldwide, and most of our wood products come from North American forests — which are expanding. In 2017, The Home Depot announced that beginning on September 1, 2018, we will not accept wood products from Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the South American Amazon Basin or the African Congo Basin, unless the products are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. FSC certification ensures products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
Our company expects all suppliers that manufacture our products to provide appropriate information and conduct due diligence to enable our compliance with conflict minerals laws. We also expect these manufacturers to obtain products and materials from suppliers that are not involved in funding conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining covered countries. We partner with our private brands and proprietary suppliers whose products contain tin, tungsten, tantalum or gold (referred to as 3TG) to identify the source of any of these minerals in the supply chain.