At Ligna, we have experience of developing Chain of Custody systems for businesses across the sectors, ranging from SMEs to multi-national blue chips.
What is Chain of Custody?
Implementing Chain of Custody (COC) is a process of tracing a product from source to final destination through all the steps of production. In the forest products sector we are mainly concerned with ensuring and demonstrating that our product, for example timber, furniture, paper, book etc., has come from a legal and responsible source. The COC provides a link from the forest to the end user, through sawmilling, agents, merchants, manufacturers and retailers. All links in the chain must be certified to maintain the integrity of the system – if a
company in the chain is not certified, the chain is broken and traceability is
Independently verified third party COC Certification Schemes such as The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) gives peace of mind to your customers about the origin of wood products they source.
Why Chain of Custody Certification?
Achieving FSC and PEFC COC certification enables businesses in the timber supply chain to get transparency into the purchasing and sales of responsibly sourced timber. In the UK, COC certification is becoming standard practice to demonstrate responsible sourcing and compliance with national and local government procurement policies and many private and multi-national company requirements.
The majority of timber brought into the UK is responsibly sourced, and more than 2000 UK companies have achieved COC Certification.
Implementing COC is a straightforward task that relies on everybody in a company taking responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the chain. This needs to be backed up by record keeping and training of key personnel and clear and concise sales documents. Once in place companies are authorised to use the FSC and PEFC trademarks for promotion.
To find out more about how Ligna can help you in providing consultancy for your Chain of Custody system, fill in our online enquiry form or give us a call on 01202 201136.
NOTE: Companies with fewer than 15 employees (or 50 for PEFC) are eligible for Group Scheme Membership. To find out more about the options available to you, please see our FSC Certification and PEFC Certification pages.