Responsible Wood supports Sustainably Grown, Australian Made.
After consultation with certified forest managers and chain of custody certificate holders from around Australia, Responsible Wood has launched a new Sustainably Grown, Australian Made supporting statement logo to help promote our core values.
If you are eligible and would like to use the logo, please contact us here.
The supporting statement has been created in two variants; a graphic stamp or pre-set type. The new supporting statement “stamp” features a stylized map of Australia and the words “Sustainably Grown, Australian Made”.
Examples of the “stylized map” logo and “pre-set type” variant are shown below.
Why Sustainably Grown, Australian Made?
The supporting statement is aimed at helping forest management and chain of custody certificate holders communicate to their customers about how and where their goods were grown and made.
Many Australian businesses feel it is important to communicate to their customers where their products come from and where they were made. Australia is known internationally for the quality of our wood fibre and timber and Responsible Wood sees the value in helping promote this message.
Consumers can have confidence that when they read “Sustainably Grown, Australian Made” they are protecting Australia’s forests for the next generation and supporting domestic timber industry supply chains.
The message of Sustainably Grown?
Sustainably grown forests create outcomes that are socially just, culturally relevant, ecologically sound, and economically viable – our four pillars of sustainability. For Responsible Wood and PEFC, the term sustainably grown offers a holistic approach to sustainability. We cannot separate, compartmentalize or address individually these pillars. If one pillar is missing, we cannot protect our forests, forest-dependent communities and rural economies cannot thrive, illegal logging will not be abated and development opportunities will not be captured.
Organisations certified to our sustainable forest management standard are independently audited each year against internationally endorsed and science-based, world-class standards. Responsible Wood is the national governing body for PEFC International and is an accredited standards development organiation in Australia and New Zealand. Our standards ensure forest activities deliver social, cultural, environmental, and economic benefits, whilst balancing human needs and conserving cultural and environmental values so that these needs can be met not only in the present but also for generations to come. In an Australian context, our standard has been tailored to the needs of the specific forest ecosystems here in Australia, including the legal and administrative frameworks, the socio-cultural context, and other relevant factors.
Who can use the supporting statement?
- Organisations must be certified to the sustainable forest management and chain of custody standards – AS/NZS 4708 & AS 4707
- Organisations must have a valid Logo Usage Licence Agreement with Responsible Wood
- The supporting statement may only be used with the Responsible Wood certification mark.
- Usage of the Responsible Wood certification mark be in accordance with the Logo Usage Licence Agreement, Responsible Wood Logo Toolkit, Responsible Wood Logo Rules Manual and other Technical Notes – please visit our Resources section for more information – see here
- The wording “Australian Made” is a country of origin claim. Please refer to information on Country of origin claims and Australian Consumer Law provided by the ACCC before you use the supporting statement – see here
Where can I use the new logo?
Logo use is encouraged and Responsible Wood is more than happy to provide guidance on use and answer any questions on the use of our certification mark and the accompanying supporting statement. In short, the certification mark with the supporting statements must be used as issued by Responsible Wood (unaltered) and in accordance with Logo Usage Licence Agreement, Responsible Wood Logo Toolkit, Responsible Wood Logo Rules Manual and other Technical Notes.
We encourage the use of the logo on-product to demonstrate your commitment to responsible forest management and to promote the environmental and social credentials of the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme.
On-product use includes use on tangible products themselves (unpackaged products), products in individual packaging, containers, wrapping, etc.; or on large boxes, crates, etc. used for transportation of products; and – documentation associated or referring to a particular Responsible Wood certified product (e.g. invoices, packaging lists, advertisements, brochures, etc.).
If you have specific requests about changing colours for use in promotional material or on your website, for example, please contact us and seek prior approval.
How do I get the label?
Organisations that meet the above requirements for using the supporting statement and that are interested in using the logo are encouraged to fill out this form to request your logo suite, which will include your accompanying licence numbers.