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What is PEFC Chain of Custody?
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.
PEFC is a global umbrella organisation for the assessment of and mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes developed in a multi-stakeholder process. These national schemes build upon the inter-governmental processes for the promotion of sustainable forest management, a series of on-going mechanisms supported by 149 governments in the world covering 85% of the world's forest area.
PEFC has in its membership 33 independent national forest certification systems of which 22 to date have been through a rigorous assessment process involving public consultation and the use of independent consultants to provide the assessments on which mutual recognition decisions are taken by the membership. These 22 schemes account for over 196 million hectares of certified forests producing millions of tonnes of certified timber to the market place making PEFC the world's largest certification scheme. The other national members schemes are at various stages of development and are working towards mutual recognition under the PEFC.
Chain of custody certification is applicable to all companies that process, manufacture or trade in timber or timber products. Certification works throughout the entire supply chain to provide proof of traceability back to well-managed forests, controleed or recycled sources. For a product to qualify for certification, all companies in the supply chain who take legal ownership of certified products and process, trade or repack them, need to be certified in order to sell on these products with a PEFC claim.
What are the benefits?
PEFC Chain of Custody certification provides a number of benefits:
- Demonstrate to your customers your commitment to responsibly sourced timber
- Add value to your products and access new markets
- Comply with relevant legislation and provide proof of traceability
- Use of the globally recognised PEFC trademark
For details of the cost of certification please complete and return our Request for Quote form.
Useful Links & Documents:
Chain of Custody factsheet
Chain of Custody client information
PEFC key to selling certified products
PEFC Logo Usage Toolkit
EUTR Technical Bulletin
Chain of Custody Internal Auditing
Training Directory 2014
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