Our Partners: Valuing Sustainability & Forest Management
Balco Life is proud to partner with Kayu Canada to procure only the highest quality hardwoods from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brazil. When we made the decision to go with hardwood timber for our premier line of balco bars, we wanted a partner that aligned with our values. Balco bars are also made from "off-cuts" and repurposed to become the bar you know and love.
Kayu ensures that our hardwoods are sustainably managed and legally harvested. We work hand in hand with our suppliers and our key responsibility is to ensure the protection of their complex ecosystem while providing a continued product flow. Natural regeneration is a major factor in the continued growth of Indonesian, Malaysian and Brazilian rain forests. We only source from mills that adhere to strict government regulations.
There are numerous organizations in place to ensure the highest standards in forest management and sustainable forest practice guidelines and we're happy to be affiliated with:
FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
- Sets standards for responsible forest management
- Protects and maintains natural communities and high conservation value forests
- Respects the rights of workers, communities and indigenous peoples
- Builds markets, adding best value, and creating equal access to benefits.
- Market Based approach
INDONESIAN LEGAL WOOD
- SVLK is Indonesia’s timber legality assurance system
- SVLK issues a mandatory legality and sustainability certification
- Provides assurance to customers and suppliers that wood products from Indonesia are legally harvested
MALAYSIAN TIMBER CERTIFICATION COUNCIL
- Creates standards for timber certification and conducts periodic reviews
- Helps prevent illegal logging and improve the monitoring of Malaysian forests
- Coordinates with regional, national and international bodies related to timber certification to facilitate cooperation and mutual recognition arrangements
- Protect endangered species and forest areas of high conservation value
- Set aside a portion of land as forest reserve
- Provide decent wages and protect the workers’ ability to organize
- Follow FSC guidelines for how, when, and where timber and non-timber forest products are harvested
- Respect the rights of local communities and indigenous people