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Project Chain of Custody Certification: One Project, One Message

PEFC’s Chain of Custody certification is now well-known and established. Indeed, some 16,000 companies and businesses worldwide have achieved Chain of Custody certification.

Chain of Custody certification is a mechanism for tracking certified material from the forest to the final product. It offers assurances that all the wood or wood-based inputs in a product or product range originated from sustainable sources. Chain of Custody certification is especially useful for businesses and organizations involved in long-term or continual provision of goods and services, including but not limited to, furniture manufacturers, wood and timber suppliers, sawmills, printers, etc.

But what of those who are involved in a one-off or short-term project? Can they too take advantage of the benefits of PEFC’s Chain of Custody certification? The answer is a resounding: Yes!

Project Chain of Custody certification is a mechanism whereby contractors and others involved in shorter-term projects are able to obtain Chain of Custody certification for the timber that they use.

Project Chain of Custody is particularly suited to projects such as new build commercial and office buildings; private and social housing projects; renovation and refurbishment schemes; airports and railway stations; schools, playgrounds, skate parks and sports arenas; boats and harbours; event and trade show infrastructure (stages, seating, stands, etc.); civil engineering projects such as bridges and tunnels; and others.

PEFC Project Chain of Custody Certification: One Project, One Message gives a technical overview, and provides a high level of detail about the Accounting Method, the Management System, and Social, Health and Safety Requirements of Project Chain of Custody. This brochure also explains in detail the process and steps required to achieve Project Chain of Custody certification.


More information:

Project Chain of Custody Certification: One Project, One Message (2.35 MB)

PEFC Certified

Forests area: 307 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 20,000

(as of June 2018)

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