Sustainable forestry has been a passion and a strategy for Home Depot for over 25 years. In 1993, we were the first national retailer to carry FSC-certified wood. In 1996, we won the President’s Sustainability Award from President Bill Clinton for our efforts in Sustainable Forestry.
Over the years, we established protocol through our supply chain to ensure visibility into where our products come from and the health of these forests. Today, we are proud to sell more Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood than any other North American retailer.
Globally protected forest land grew by 35% between 1990 and 2010, and we believe FSC-certified products helped to achieve this growth. FSC products are produced from wood harvested from responsibly managed forests where environmental, societal and economic interests and benefits are safeguarded.
Although The Home Depot sells less than 1% of all wood cut worldwide, our commitment to sustained forestry grows stronger. North American forests have grown by 18 million acres since 1990. Over 90% of our wood comes from these forests.
At least 490 million acres of forestland have been protected globally since 1990, most in the tropics. In 2017, nearly all our wood products were sourced under a certification program such as FSC, SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification).
Our full Wood Purchasing Policy is available here.