It closely monitors each step of the supply chain through independent auditing to ensure that certified, sustainable material reaches the consumer while unsustainable sources are excluded.
Each step of the supply chain is closely monitored through annual independent auditing to ensure that certified, sustainable material reaches the consumer while unstainable sources are excluded.
Step 1 -
Certification includes requirements to:
- Safeguard ecologically important forest areas
- Protect and enhance biological diversity
- Prohibit deforestation
- Prohibit forest conversions
- Prohibit the most dangerous chemicals
- Prohibit genetically modified trees
- Respect rights of workers and indigenous peoples’
- Encourage local employment
- Provide consultation with local people and stakeholders
- Respect traditional land rights and local customs
- Provide a voice for those who depend on forests for their livelihood
Step 2 -
This includes recording:
- Supplier identification
- Forest materials supplied
- Quantity of delivery
- Date of delivery
- Proof of certification
Companies are also required to keep a list of all suppliers and check the validity of their certification claims via the Responsible Wood database.
Step 3 -
Inventory control systems and records must clearly track the certified forest materials at every stage of the supply chain.
Step 4 -
Controlled sources are not certified forests, but meet the following requirements:
- Legally harvested
- Legally exported
- No GMO materials
- No native forest conversions
Step 5 -
Step 6 -
This can include:
- 70-100% certified wood
- Up to 30% wood from a controlled source – And recycled wood
Step 7 -
- Timber to build our homes and infrastructure
- Copier paper and envelopes
- Printed materials
and in many other places as more and more businesses recognise the benefits of Responsible Wood certification.
Step 8 -
By choosing Responsible Wood, you demonstrate your support for the sustainable management of Australia’s forests.
Chain of Custody certification provides assurances that wood contained in a product originates from a certified Australian forests, and requires all companies along the supply chain to be Responsible Wood Chain of Custody certified. As long as this is the case, products can carry the Responsible Wood mark which assists consumers, businesses, governments, forest owners and managers, and other stakeholders in identifying, buying and promoting products and goods from forests that are managed sustainably. Increasingly, governments and companies from around the world require such certification within their procurement policies.