Porta is committed to sourcing timber from sustainable and environmentally responsible resources.
Porta holds Chain of Custody under internationally recognised and accredited organisations:
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™)
FSC helps take care of forests and the people and wildlife that call them home.
The Forest Stewardship Council® is a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC defines standards based on agreed principles for responsible forest stewardship that are supported by environmental, social, and economic stakeholders. The FSC label on products means that product has been responsibly sourced.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. Products with PEFC claim and / or label deliver confidence that raw material originates in sustainably managed forest.
Cumaru supplier: Maderera Bozovich S.A.C (Bozovich)
Porta followed a strict due diligence process when assessing Bozovich as a potential supplier of Cumaru hardwood for the Australian market. Porta was looking for a hardwood timber that would meet the demands for a sustainable, durable, versatile and attractive hardwood timber. Porta was aiming high, assessing if would exceed Australia’s specific design trends, Construction Code and Sustainability requirements. Porta’s GM, Operations Director, Sales Manager, and Sourcing Manager met with Bozovich owners, management team and field staff to understand their manufacturing, operations and marketing processes. We meet annually in Peru to strengthen the relationship and share strategic goals for promoting and selling Cumaru in Australia. These discussions have helped Porta learn and ensure their values and vision are aligned. Bozovich are also a family business where honesty and respect are core to the way they conduct business.
Bozovich business priorities include among other items to purchase, process and commercialize 100% FSC certified timber. (FSC certificate available upon request) You can read more about their approach on their site called Bozovich in the Forest, and their Responsible Procurement Policy. Bozovich also work very hard to combat illegal logging in South American forests. They are part of an alliance that launched the initiative named ‘National Pack for Legal Timber’ which aims to ensure all timber produced in Peru come only from verified legal sources.
Combined, these activities led Porta to conclude that this supplier goes above and beyond to support responsible forest management, and is a partner of choice for the long term.
Click on the video below to learn more about Bozovich’s model for sustainable forest management.
BEYOND THE FOREST – SUSTAINABILITY AT PORTA
At our factory in Melbourne Porta is committed to sustainability and caring for our local urban community.
We capture the sawdust from moulding production, which is then reused mostly in the poultry industry and the equine industry (horse stables), as well as other community activities.
Pallets are processed into woodchips that are used for garden products.
Waste timber is donated to charities such as Men’s Sheds in Victoria.
We seek to operate a sustainable operation in our management processes, which includes recycling paper and cardboard, plastic packaging and waste timber.