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Digital platform for sustainable timber trade

Global Goals & Global Society
Digital platform for sustainable timber trade

The timber business is dispersed, and knowledge of origin, quality, and working conditions is limited. Businesses who purchase lumber in bulk incur the danger of having to stop production since they have little control over the supply. On the other hand, sawmills manufacture based on an estimate because they have little knowledge of demand, which frequently results in an excess or a lack of stock. We intend to eliminate such risks by directly tying supply and demand together, said David de Jong, founder and CEO of VonWood.

Digitalizing an established market demands courage, but platform-thinking is also necessary to streamline operations. According to Johan van Mil, co-founder of Peak, VonWood has what it takes to modernize the timber sector using data-driven technologies.

Peak co-founder Johan van Mil: "Digitalizing an established market demands guts, but it also calls for platform-thinking to streamline procedures. With the help of data-driven technology, VonWood has what it takes to modernize the timber industry.

Co-founder of Just Eat and investor Laurens Groenendijk of the Dutch Founders Fund stated, "Wood is essential in building, but the majority of customers lack direct access to the sawmill. Now, VonWood is altering that. We have faith in the group, the offering, and, of course, the long-lasting impact they have.

Wood is one of the most environmentally friendly building materials now available, despite being one of the oldest elements we use to shape our surroundings. Compared to building materials like steel or concrete, wood is far more environmentally friendly. Construction-related CO2 emissions can be minimized by using natural building materials like wood.

The origin, quality, and sustainability of the wood are all revealed by VonWood. They compensate for every transaction on the platform by planting new trees in addition to the customary replanting of FSC-approved wood.

Long wait times at borders, unreasonable fees, time-consuming formalities, and insufficient or ambiguous rules and regulations can all seriously impede commerce and have a negative impact on investment, employment, and trade-led development.

Society has to be more informed on how to determine unique needs and priorities for trade and transport facilitation and helps them plan the implementation of certain trade and transport facilitation measures. In this case not only global society but also nations and institutions have to work together to make a progress in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

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