Connected from the start, for a sustainable finish

At the start of 2012, Kingfisher announced a new sustainability plan, Kingfisher Net Positive. The scheme establishes the company's aim to give back more than it takes during the course of its operations; to seek to make a positive contribution to the world’s future by having a net positive impact as a business.

Net Positive builds on Kingfisher’s history of responsibility, starting when B&Q UK was a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council in the 1990s. It focuses Kingfisher’s work on four priorities - timber, energy, innovation and communities – providing a long-term vision that will take Kingfisher to 2020 and beyond.

Net Positive: timber 
Kingfisher uses 7 million cubic meters of Round Wood Equivalent each year, with timber and paper found in over 30% of Kingfisher’s product offerings. The Net Positive global vision for timber is to achieve ‘net reforestation’ by actively contributing to reforestation and protecting the health of existing forests. Kingfisher’s aspiration is to create more forest than is used, and by 2020 to use 100% responsibly sourced timber and paper in all Kingfisher products. Kingfisher is working with FSC and other partners to achieve these aims.

Kingfisher’s timber achievements

  • In 2011/12 Kingfisher Group-wide responsible timber sourcing (from proven well-managed or recycled sources) was at 86%. 
  • 51% of timber products across the Kingfisher Group are FSC certified with full Chain of Custody (CoC).
  • B&Q UK's CoC is considered to be one of the largest certificates in the FSC system, covering its entire wood sourcing operation.
  • Brico Dépôt Spain is working to regenerate a 1,000-hectare area of FSC certified cork forest that has been damaged by fire, ensuring security of supply and attracting important biodiversity back to the area.
  • In 2010 the Kingfisher Group, Brico Dépôt Spain, Castorama France and Hornbach were awarded FSC Global Partner Awards for promoting responsible forest management through the FSC certification scheme.
  • B&Q UK and Hornbach in Germany are FSC certified to the extent that they are approved suppliers of certified wood products to local authorities.