With increasing demand for products from responsibly managed forests, business interest in Chain of Custody certification along the timber value chain is soaring.
PEFC’s Chain of Custody certification offers several important benefits.
- A clear and transparent message – the simple action of being able to include the PEFC logo on a product or product-line communicates to the customer in a clear, concise and transparent manner that wood and non-timber forest products have been sourced from sustainably-managed forests.
- Access to markets – CoC certification offers companies access to markets demanding eco-friendly products and market advantage in relation to companies with uncertified products. It enhances brand value.
- Confidence – CoC certification permits businesses to be confident about the sourcing of their timber and wood-based products.
- Traceability – CoC certification offers assurances that the final wood and/or non-timber product can be traced back to a sustainable source and that production processes used to transform the finished product have been implemented with due respect for environmental, economic and social standards.
- Risk management – CoC certification includes a due diligence system to exclude wood from unknown, illegal and controversial sources. By implementing and maintaining a robust CoC system, companies can provide assurances that their products do not contain wood from illegal sources.
- Business leadership on sustainability – by opting for PEFC CoC certification, businesses in the wood and forestry sector can enhance their competitive advantage over other suppliers in the value chain.
- Availability and choice – two-thirds, of the world's certified forest area is certified to PEFC standards. That's currently more than 220 million hectares, offering the widest supply of certified fibre and timber.