PEFC Chain of Custody is the process of handling information on the origin of forest-based products and allows an organisation to make accurate and verifiable claims on the content of sustainably certified material.
This proves that each step of the supply chain from the forest to the end user has been monitored closely through independent auditing.
Woodlands certified to PEFC’s sustainable forest management requirements can sell materials as certified.
Timber stored in saw mill yards may be segregated to ensure certified material is not mixed with uncertified material.
Timber enters the saw mill under a third party audited chain of custody certification, so the credentials of the sustainable material can be passed on to the next customer.
Certified materials supplied to a manufacturing plant via a “chain of custody” are monitored through the process to enable them to be sold as certified.
The final product may be sold to a retailer or a customer as certified, giving confidence that the product comes from a sustainably managed forest.
All products that have been through the chain of custody may carry the PEFC label to show the consumer their sustainability credentials.
The PEFC logo and labels are globally trusted trademarks. They assist businesses, consumers, forest owners and managers, and other stakeholders to identify and promote merchandise and goods from forests that are managed sustainably.