Delegates from the International Co-operative Alliance have backed a pledge towards environmental sustainability through the use of timber. The motion called on co-operatives to commit only to use timber and other forest products from sustainable sources certified as such by reputable organisations like the Forest Stewardship Council or PEFC International (the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and to adopt procurement policies and practices that honour the principle of sustainability in forestry management. Proposed by David Rodgers, President, ICA Housing Sector Organisation, he said co-operatives should have sustainable procurement practices. Mr Rodgers said: "Deforestation and the use of timber and products from non-sustainable forestry exploitation is a major contributor to global warming and climate change. "Combating climate change is one of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and it is ICA Housing’s view that this initiative to encourage our members during 2012 to commit to the use of sustainable timber and other forestry products will be a major contribution to achieving that UN MDG and an appropriate campaign for the UN International Year of Co-operatives 2012." The ICA Housing Board has also decided to run a global campaign during the UN International Year of Co-operatives 2012 to encourage all ICA Housing members to commit to the use of sustainable timber and forestry products in all their housing construction, refurbishment and repair projects.