Resources

Our reports, documents and tools share what we have learnt about better book supply chains.

Supplier Code Of Conduct

Supplier Code Of Conduct

Briefing Document
14 Jan 2021

The Book Chain Project provides a publishing industry Code of Conduct for labour and environmental standards. It states the publishers’ commitments to their suppliers and what they expect from their suppliers in return. The Code of Conduct is based on existing internationally-recognized Codes and Laws. Suppliers that do not already have an ethical audit can ask for a SMETA audit that is audited against this Code of Conduct.

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Forest Country Risk

Forest Country Risk

Tool
10 Dec 2020

The tool belongs to Carnstone but is freely available to download and use. Please do credit Carnstone Partners Ltd if you reproduce the results or methodology of the tool.

Find out more about how we use the tool to assess forest risk.

Impact Report 2006-2020

Impact Report 2006-2020

Report
31 Jul 2020

This report summarises the impact achieved by the Book Chain Project over the past 15 years. It traces the history of the Book Chain Project, from 3 separate tools to one collaborative project building better book supply chains; looks at our reach; summarises our work and impact across the 3 workstreams; describes our collaborations; and ends with a look at the future.

CDP Forests - How to achieve leadership

Briefing Document
12 May 2020

The high-profile clearance of the Amazon rainforest late last year and the Australian bushfires this year made headlines around the world, putting deforestation at the top of the agenda. Together with NGOs, investors are pushing for greater transparency and action on this issue from businesses through investor-led initiatives such as CDP. This document looks into the annual CDP reporting process and what is required of a company to be considered a leader in the CDP Forests questionnaire.

Restarting operations after Covid-19 lockdown

Restarting operations after Covid-19 lockdown

Briefing Document
4 May 2020

This document is sharing good practice from Chinese print suppliers on their experiences when restarting their operations after the Covid-19 lockdown. We know that each country will face unique challenges, but we thought it might be useful to share these insights as other factories across the world start to think about reopening or scaling up production. We've also included reference to some of the useful guidance that is emerging from organisations like the ILO.

Good practice recruitment of overseas workers

Slides
1 May 2020

Through our learnings in this area, we decided to create a document detailing good practice when it comes to overseas workers. It covers due diligence processes, contracts, communication with workers, interviews, guidance on how to manage ID documents as well as incentivisation of returning workers and remediation for any workers that have paid recruitment fees.

Australian bushfires 2019-20: what does this mean for the pulp & paper industry?

Australian bushfires 2019-20: what does this mean for the pulp & paper industry?

Briefing Document
23 Apr 2020

Over the course of September 2019 to March 2020, Australia experienced bushfires that burned an unprecedented 12 million hectares of land, killed 33 people and one billion animals. The fires were the biggest in Australia’s history and will have unparalleled impacts that we are only just beginning to understand. The Australian Forest Products Association, an industry body, is urging the Australian government to salvage log in order to mitigate the severe impacts of the fire, however there is significant evidence showing the catastrophic impacts salvage logging can have. The decision on how to proceed is ongoing. Despite the size and disastrous nature of the bushfires, it is unlikely that they will have significant ramifications on the global pulp and paper industry as Australia exports only account for 3%.

  • Australia

Book Chain Project Terms of Use

Briefing Document
10 Mar 2020

This document outlines the Terms of Use for the stakeholders engaged in the BCP system; the participating Publishers, the Suppliers (printers and other suppliers) and the paper and integrated pulp & paper Mills. It also outlines access rights and the data management within the system by Carnstone.

Creating Safer Workplaces: A special project report

Creating Safer Workplaces: A special project report

Report
10 Oct 2019

This is the end of year report for the special project improving Health and Safety in print factories in China. The report summaries this year's activities, impact achieved and lessons learnt for the year ahead

  • China
Plastics Guide for the Publishing Industry

Plastics Guide for the Publishing Industry

Report
15 Aug 2019

In keeping with the aims of the Book Chain Project, we’ve produced this guide to help our publishers make informed decisions around the design, purchasing and production of their books, magazines and journals. It shares an overview of the situation today, looks at some of the common misconceptions, charts the new developments in this area, and presents good practice from other sectors.

Mill Assessment Scoring Framework

Mill Assessment Scoring Framework

Tool
18 Jul 2019

Download the scoring tool we use to assess mill performance on responsible sourcing and environmental management. This information is fed back to the mills, alongside useful resources to drive improvement.

Mill Assessment Guide

Mill Assessment Guide

Tool
18 Jul 2019

In 2018, The Book Chain Project began the first step towards deeper engagement with paper mills. We wanted to better understand how our mills manage responsible paper sourcing, to increase our efforts to halt illegal logging. To do this we developed our mill assessment process which allows us to set out our long-term expectations and start a dialogue. By identifying mills with the desire and intent to improve, the output from this initiative will help us better support their development. Download the document to find out more about why we started this initiative and the criteria we use to understand mill performance

Country Guides

Country Guides

Tool Link
1 Jan 2019

These guides summarise the paper mills and latest forest news in each country. They also show the results of the Forest Risk Assessment which is the basis of our paper analysis in the Grading System.

A Special Project Report - protecting employees and employers in China's print sector

Report
5 Nov 2018
The Future Of The Printed Book

The Future Of The Printed Book

Report
2 Mar 2017

In the face of rapidly changing reading habits what does the future hold for printed books? Will they still be around in ten years? And if so, how might they be made?

Still Feeling Stumped?

Still Feeling Stumped?

Report
2 Jan 2014

Since March 2013 businesses across Europe have been responding to the EU Timber Regulation; a law prohibiting illegal timber from appearing on the European market. We wanted to gauge the feeling across the retail and manufacturing sectors so, eight months on from the law’s introduction, we conducted a short survey to understand how companies were facing the new requirements. We presented the findings to the Chatham House Illegal Logging Update in February 2014. The results are summarised in our report Still Feeling Stumped?