Chain of Custody Certification
In order to provide assurances that wood and wood-based products originate from sustainably managed forests, PEFC promotes Chain of Custody certification.
Chain of Custody certification outlines requirements for tracking certified material from the forest to the final product to ensure that the wood contained in the product or product line originates from certified forests.
PEFC Chain of Custody certification is essential for
- companies to implement and demonstrate ethical business behaviour, and
- consumers to make responsible purchasing decisions.
For a product to qualify for certification, all entities along the supply chain must possess a PEFC Chain of Custody certificate. Only then are companies eligible to use the PEFC label on their products and in product marketing to highlight the responsible sourcing of the raw material.
PEFC Chain of Custody certification offers benefits to a range of business-sector stakeholders.
For the wood-processing industry, PEFC Chain of Custody certification can improve efficiency and production systems through enhanced traceability and accounting.
Selling certified materials through a Chain of Custody system also improves the image of the sector and can promote products to consumers, particularly as an alternative to other less sustainable or more energy-intensive materials.
PEFC Chain of Custody certification offers important advantages to retailers and traders (who purchase from the wood-processing industry), which can improve their licence to operate and enhance their image by promoting wood and non-timber forest products from sustainable sources.
In addition, it can open up new markets and increase the customer base as more and more consumers demand wood from certified sources. Public and private procurement policies increasingly require wood and wood-based products to originating from sustainably managed forests, and often specify PEFC certification as evidence. Certification is likely to become part of a companies' license to operate in many countries.