Voluntary and market-driven, the goal of timber certification is to designate products that come from forests that are managed according to internationally accepted stewardship principles.
The certification is assessed in two ways:
- A forest management operation is independently evaluated according to the ecological health of the forest, economic viability of the operation, and social impact of the forest management activities.
- A chain-of-custody inspection that involves verifying the flow of forest products from the forest, to the milling and manufacturing processes, and on to the finished product.
New timber can also be responsibly sourced with the following accreditations:
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certification is internationally recognised as the most rigorous environmental and social standard for responsible forest management. FSC Australia is a national office of FSC International that ensures the use of this trusted trademark is properly enforced in Australia. To maintain independence, FSC-accredited auditors carry out the actual certification.
As the motto of the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) states: “Wood is good, certified wood is better.” The AFS’s Chain of Custody certification tracks a wood or forest product from its origin in a certified forest through to its end use by the consumer. Its Australian Standards® “are living documents which reflect progress in science, technology, and systems” and are periodically reviewed. AFS falls under the jurisdiction of the PEFC.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is the world's largest forest certification system. PEFC is an umbrella organization that works by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.
Woodform offers the following certifications on the following timbers. This table is only applicable to customers buying through us, as it relates to our suppliers and our methods. Pricing is affected by certificate requirements.