Tropical Forest Products said it applauds the addition of Ipe and Cumaru to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendix II.
Although they are not actually endangered species, this measure creates new tools to protect the species from illegal extraction practices, ensuring their longevity.
CITES already integrates seamlessly into Black Label's Legal Lumber Due Care program, which remains unchanged by the addition.
"Thanks to our uncompromising dedication to preserving the forest, Black Label's vast inventory of premium Ipe and Cumaru has always been sourced through sustainable practices above and beyond the requirements of CITES," said Kris Kanagenthran, CEO of Tropical Forest Products. "The Black Label team is encouraged by CITES’ recent decision that urges the entire industry to follow our lead in high forest management standards. We are dedicated to protecting our irreplaceable ecosystems for future generations."
All Black Label products are certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council (155777), Unifloresta and/or the Legal Lumber’s Due Care Chain of Custody environmental compliance program. Created to set stringent criteria for sustainability standards, Legal Lumber is designed to support global forest initiatives like CITES and promote ecological benefits.
Supplying only architecture-grade wood from controlled and sustainably managed forests, the Black Label portfolio consists of not only Ipe and Cumaru, but also Jatoba, Garapa, Bulletwood and Tigerwood, species that even though are not included under the CITES Due Care process, still meet the same high sustainability standards.
Based in Toronto, Tropical Forest Products is a hardwood distributor operating in both the United States and Canada. The company's product lines include Black Label hardwoods.