15 Oct What is Chain of Custody Certification?
Chain of Custody certification ensures that wood and wood based products come from certified forests through a very strict tracking system throughout the chain from the tree in the forest to the end user.
It is a voluntary process and there are two globally recognised standards for Chain of Custody which are available to both forest operators and traders of timber and timber based products.
The Two Standards are
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification)
FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®)
PEFC is an umbrella organisation that endorses national forest certification systems
FSC® is an independent not for profit Non Government Organisation (NGO). It was established in 1993 to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
Both organisations use accredited independent third parties to carry out the certification process at all levels of the chain.
Purchasing timber certified as either PEFC or FSC® from Brookridge Timber provides customers with assurances that the products they are purchasing comes from responsibly managed forests. For certification to be awarded all stages of the process must be inspected and verified. Only when all stages of the chain are certified can the end product carry the certification logo.
At Brookridge Timber we work closely with only trusted suppliers and we have built up a reliable supply of legal and sustainable timber products across our range. All of our suppliers are listed on our recommended supplier list and to be on this list suppliers must have satisfied the relevant certification bodies of their environmental credentials when sourcing their products.
In addition to our Chain of Custody commitment, Brookridge Timber also participates in the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR).
Since 3rd March 2013, is has become a crime to place illegal timber into any EU market. Brookridge Timber therefore makes regular declarations giving details of where the volumes of timber in different species are purchased proving the timber products we trade in and supply are legal as a minimum.
Environmental Certification is important and we take our responsibility in these areas very seriously
Please watch this short video on our web site for more information