‘Resource security’ was the popular catch cry as the who’s who of the Australian Forest Products industry congregated in Canberra to launch the Commonwealth Government’s National Forest Industries Plan.

The plan – ‘Growing a Better Australia: a Billion Trees for Jobs and Growth’ – is the first major blueprint for Australia’s forest industries in more than 20 years and responds to AFPA’s key policy priorities of driving growth in forest products manufacturing and innovation and putting forestry at the heart of Australia’s emissions reduction strategy.

And with claims that more than one third of all softwood framing used for housing is now imported from overseas the role of certification has never been more important; ensuring wood products are sourced, processed and distributed according to Australian environmental standards of practice.

According to Responsible Wood CEO Simon Dorries…

‘Responsible Wood supports the new plan; and by extension development of sustainable management standards within Australian forests.’

‘Certification plays an important role in validating the supply chain; ensuring that wood or paper purchased meets extensive third party auditing requirements through the forest management, processing and distribution of wood products to the market.’

‘So look out for the Responsible Wood or PEFC logo when you next purchase a timber based product…’

Responsible Wood is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that promotes sustainable forest management through the development of standards for forests and the products that come from them. These standards are accredited by Standards Australia and include 4708 (Forest Management) and 4707 (Chain of Custody).  The Responsible Wood logo bears a commitment to both Australian made and environmental sustainability through forest management, product and distribution of Responsible Wood member’s products to the market.

Simon Dorries (CEO of Responsible Wood), Senator Richard Colbeck (Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources), Jason Ross (Marketing and Communications Officer Responsible Wood)