Between the forest and the final consumer, forest products may undergo many stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. Paper, lumber and many finished products may all be certified through a chain throughout the stages of processing. This is called chain of custody certification.
Chain of Custody certification is one way that businesses can label products for environmentally and socially aware markets. It can also be used to demonstrate compliance with various procurement policies that specify environmentally responsible materials (such as the EU Ecolabel scheme for furniture, or the US Green Building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system). Chain of custody is the accounting system that tracks materials and allows companies to accurately claim the origin through various stages of production.
While wood is inherently green, we also recognize that third-party certification is important in maintaining public confidence. Our lumber yards, distribution group, Hardwoods Incorporated and our moulding plant all have multi-site Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification, Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI), American Tree Farmer, and Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). All of our facilities have made a commitment to be environmentally conscious.
We stand in awe of the wonders of Mother Nature and take seriously the vital role of sustainable forestry. Our future is linked to a healthy forest resource.