Women-run SMEs in Indonesia pushing for timber legality
Maria Murliantini is a trailblazer. The factory she owns in Indonesia’s furniture-making capital Jepara was one of the first to export only products made from verified legal teak to buyers in the EU.
Her efforts are helping to build Jepara’s reputation as a home to legally-registered companies making quality products from legally-harvested timber. They are also linking consumers in Europe with Indonesian villagers who take care of their local forests. Business is booming. And having seen the benefits of ensuring her supplies are legal, Murliantini is encouraging other companies to follow suit.
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Photo by Robertus Pudyanto, EU FLEGT Facility