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Whether your business operations are simple or complex, PEFC offers several Chain of Custody options which can meet your needs. For smaller organisations, the preferred option is Group Certification.
PEFC Group Certification is based on small, independent businesses forming a ‘group’ for the purpose of certification to reduce costs and administration. It is a simple, straightforward and cost-effective way to benefit from PEFC Chain of Custody certification.
Companies come together to form a Chain of Custody certification group and appoint a Group Manager. The Group Manager develops and administers the certification procedures for the group and undertakes annual internal audits of the members. This enables each member to be certified together under this formally identifiable group.
PEFC Chain of Custody certification requires companies to set up a management system to account for purchasing, tracking, manufacturing, sales and record-keeping of certified material. However, we realise that many smaller companies may not have the in-house resources to implement and manage these requirements. Group Certification delivers all these requirements in a single package.
The Group Manager, operating on behalf of the individual group member companies, provides scheme management and all the documentation required for Chain of Custody certification. Consultancy, support and auditing are also provided, thereby keeping the human and financial investment required by individual members to a minimum.
Group Managers co-ordinate the information produced by Scheme Members and are the certificate holder. A Group Manager can be a specific Group Member, an experienced legal entity such as a consultant or a trade association.
The fundamental basis of Group Certification is that all members of the Group must formally commit to complying with all the requirements of PEFC Chain of Custody and demonstrate this during the internal audit. Once this is achieved, they are eligible to supply PEFC-certified material as a part of the unbroken supply chain and use the PEFC label/logo.
PEFC Group Certification schemes are for companies which employ up to 50 staff and have a turnover of less than £6 million. If your company meets both these criteria, then the next steps are straightforward.