Sustainability

At Forté we are passionate about the environment and all that it provides for us. In a world where deforestation is a real threat, we realize the importance of environmental responsibility. That's why we're actively taking steps to help preserve our beautiful forests for future generations.

Below are some of the environmental accreditations our products have achieved, together with some of the initiatives that we as an environmentally-conscious company have chosen to put in place.


Environmental Accreditations

FSC Certification

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council® ) is an international organization established to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. An FSC logo on timber or wood products represents that the product comes from environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial forestry.

Our FSC certified products include:
Moda

PEFC Certification

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization which promotes sustainable forest management through independent third party certification. It is considered the certification system of choice for small forest owners.

Our PEFC certified products include:
All Manor products, excepting 1 style
All Imondi products

Products that we can get PEFC certified on request include:
Smartfloor
Urban Plank
Ultra
Pro-Plank
Tactile

LEED Certification

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. It includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.

Our LEED certified products include:
Moda
Imondi


Company Initiatives

Replanting Trees

The majority of our products use Oak sourced from European and French forests. Although these forests are ethically maintained, it is important for us to give back to the environment - so we have committed ourselves to replant what we use. Quick calculations proved that in 2017 we used approximately 2000 trees - so in 2018 planted 2,000 Oak trees to offset what we used. The trees were planted in the Forest of Forté in France!

Some of the benefits of replanting include: Reducing climate change, restoring degraded forests, offsetting carbon emissions, creating fresh air, aiding in the prevention of prevent flora and fauna extinction and creating employment. You can check out our replanting progress by clicking the button below.



Responsible Sourcing

Our engineered timber products are manufactured using carefully sourced hardwood timbers and non-controversial plywood. We take great care not to supply any products that use timber species that are harvested whilst being rare or endangered. The majority of our engineered products have veneers made of European Oak, which remains a non-controversial species. We are pleased to advise that our Manor collection is PEFC certified, and our Imondi collection is both FSC and LEED certified. PEFC certification can be obtained for all of our other engineered timber collections although this does incur extra cost.

Products Designed to Minimize Waste

The vast majority of our timber flooring and wall covering collection has an engineered type construction. Engineered timber uses approximately one third of the amount of slow-growing hardwood resource compared to solid timber of the same dimensions. By supplying engineered timber products instead of solid timber we are helping to minimize the amount of slow-growing natural hardwood timber needed to be harvested to make these products each year. Learn more