Just Published: Chain of Custody Certification

Friday 1 Oct 2021

 
In September 2021 Responsible Wood published the latest version of the AS 4707 standards for chain of custody. Click here to download the standard.

Reviewed by Responsible Wood every five years, the standard was approved for publication following review by the AS 4707 standards reference committee and working group chaired by Peter Zed.

Businesses that achieve AS 4707 chain of custody certification are able to identify and provide Responsible Wood and/or PEFC certified wood or wood products. Customers of these businesses can reward and encourage good forest management by demanding products from certified forests and suppliers rather than other sources.

“With more than 300 chain-of-custody certified companies in Australia, the AS 4707 standard has a tremendous impact on internal management processes of businesses along the timber value chain,” Responsible Wood CEO Simon Dorries said.

“The standard provides organisations in the wood or forest products certification chain with the minimum criteria and requirements to implement a credible system,” he said. “The standard incorporates the latest knowledge, best practices, and evolving stakeholder expectations.”

Mr Dorries said the system tracked wood or forest products originating from Responsible Wood-certified forests through all phases of ownership, transportation, and manufacturing to the end consumer.

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