Chain of custody certification of timber or timber-derived products gives independently verified assurance that the wood used originates from responsibly managed forests. It shows the material is tracked through every stage of the process from forest to end-user.
By maintaining a certified chain of custody system, companies can provide assurances that their products are sourced and produced in compliance with a globally recognised ecological, social and economic standard. For a product to qualify for certification, all companies who take legal ownership of the products and process, trade or repack them, need to be certified.
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®)
FSC is an international not for profit organisation that brings people together to find solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world’s forests.
Members include environmental, social organisations and businesses, forest owners, campaigners and individuals who set the FSC Principles and Criteria. The FSC trademark allows consumers worldwide to recognise products that support the growth of responsible forest management.
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification)
PEFC is a global umbrella organisation for the assessment 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.
PEFC works throughout the forest supply chain to promote good practice and to ensure forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards.
Having your chain of custody system independently certified by BM TRADA demonstrates to your customers your commitment to responsible supply chain management.
Specifically chain of custody certification will provide:
- added value to your products
- access to new markets
- compliance with legislation
- proof of traceability
- use of the FSC or PEFC trademark
- assurance to your customers that they are contributing to environmental conservation and economic stability.
Chain of custody certification is applicable to all companies who process, manufacture or trade in timber or timber-derived products including manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, sawmills, printers and paper merchants.