Consumers are becoming increasingly aware that many timber products can often come from illegal sources or be the product of unsustainable logging. This type of logging can lead to mass deforestation which leads to a loss of habits, livelihood and is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. The unsustainable timber trade threatens forests across the world and the very people who depend on them.  

Chain of custody certification ensures timber or timber products originate from responsibly managed forests. 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, you can provide reassurance that your timber products are sourced and produced in compliance with a globally recognized 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.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

SFI Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program.

Across Canada and the United States, more than 240 million acres (100 million hectares) are certified to the SFI forest management standard, the largest single forest standard in the world.

About SFI

The SFI program's unique fiber sourcing requirements promote responsible forest management on all suppliers' lands. SFI chain-of-custody (COC) certification tracks the percentage of fiber from certified forests, certified sourcing and post-consumer recycled content.

SFI on-product labels identify both certified sourcing and COC claims to help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. SFI Inc. is governed by a three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social and economic sectors equally.

The SFI program was launched in 1994 as one of the United States forest sector’s contributions to the vision of sustainable development established by the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

SFI currently have three auditable standards: SFI Forest Management, SFI Fiber Sourcing, SFI Chain of Custody.

BM TRADA is currently accredited to audit to the SFI COC standard. By choosing BM TRADA your customers and stakeholders have the added assurance that the standard is verified by and independent third-party certification body whose name is readily accepted around the world. 

ANSI accreditation number: 1062

SFI logo license number: SFI-01445