Forest certification assures that forests are conserved and managed responsibly to ensure they deliver social, environmental and economic benefits now and in the future. Balancing people, planet and profit.
Certification includes requirements to:
Safeguard ecologically important forest areas
Protect and enhance biological diversity
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
When certified material is mixed with non-certified material to make wood products, the percentage of certified Australian raw material must be 70% or more, and the non-certified material must originate from a controlled source.
Controlled sources are not certified forests, but meet the following requirements:
Buying products that carry the Responsible Wood label is an assurance that the product comes from an Australian forest that has been responsibly managed for environmental, social cultural and economic values.
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.