Environmental & Chain of Custody Certification
There are a number of independent certification schemes which operate throughout the world working to various standards. In the UK, the two most important are the FSC® and the PEFC. The FSC® operates worldwide, while the PEFC, being an umbrella scheme, is increasingly being used as a brand to promote timber certified originally by national organisations such as CSA, SFI and MTCS.
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
FSC® is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme.Timbmet carries a range of FSC® certified products, all of which are clearly marked.
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
PEFC UK Ltd was established in 2000 as an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management through independent third-party certification. PEFC International is an umbrella organisation that endorses national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.Timbmet carries a range of PEFC certified stock, all of which is clearly marked.
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (USA) (SFI)
Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS)
On recommendation from the Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET), the UK Government currently accepts that timber products certified to any of the above schemes provide adequate assurance that the source is legal and sustainable.
Chain of Custody Certification
Timbmet’s wide range of certified timber and wood products are available with Chain of Custody certification to the current FSC® (FSC-STD-40-004 v2) or PEFC (PEFC ST 2002:2010) Chain of Custody standards. CSA, SFI, MTCC/S and Verified Progress certified timber is also available through BM TRADA’s ‘Forest Products Chain of Custody’ Certification.