Chain of Custody
Chain of custody is one of the new terms that have entered the discussion around certified forestry. It refers to the process of tracking forest products from their place of origin (the forest) through all stages of transfer and production to the final consumer of an end product. All the changes in custodianship across the process, whether harvesting, processing, transporting and distributing, compose the elements of the chain.
The objective of the chain of custody is to create an information link between the raw material included in a forest based product and the origin of that raw material.
Tracking the flow of material is a challenge given the way wood and chips flow throughout the industry, with all major forest companies relying on external suppliers for at least some part of their wood supply. However there is an increasing interest from customers to know the origin of the products they purchase, for instance to seek assurance that no illegally harvested material ends up in their pulps. Products covered by an audited Chain of Custody provide these assurances.
Several Chain of Custody systems are currently in use within the forest products industry. At Canfor we use one that follows the standard defined by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes. This standard allows materials with different certification pedigrees to be combined and accounted for under the system.
Click here to link to the PEFC site for more information.
At Canfor we know the source of all logs and chips used in our sawmills and pulp mills; those from our own managed forest tenures as well as those purchased from outside suppliers. Almost all of the wood we use originates from publicly owned forest land managed under licence from provincial governments.
In addition to already strict environmental regulations, more and more of the “outside” purchases are from forests that have been third-party certified to sustainable forest management standards.
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