Certification of sustainable natural resource management
Today companies need to demonstrate their performance level throughout the production and supply chain in order to convince markets and stakeholders on the responsible management methods. Voluntary certification presents an opportunity to distinguish the products in the global markets and also to benchmark the performance against international standards for environmental and social responsibility. For public organisations and financing institutions, voluntary certification provides the needed assurances that supported activities are environmentally and socially acceptable.
Evidence that timber originates from a legal source and has been produced in accordance with sustainable forest management practices has become a baseline requirement. Supply chain control (chain of custody) with related log-tracking systems and technologies provide means to differentiate such timber from illegal or unspecified sources. Certified supply chain from forest to timber product is required if a company wants to use product labels indicating the certified source of raw materials.
Voluntary independent certification provides an evidence on conformity to specific standards. It has become a precondition to demonstrate sustainable performance in
- Forest management
- Bioenergy production
- Climate change projects such as carbon sequestration and avoided deforestation
- Supply chain control in timber production
- Carbon markets
Indufor has in-depth knowledge and expertise in the voluntary certification processes under various schemes and in the international and national standards for sustainable natural resource management covering management of native and plantation forests, bioenergy production and carbon trade.
In forest management and energy fibre production
- Analyses on the availability of certified products
- Global data on certified forests
- Internal audits on performance against selected standards
- Support of national/regional level standard development for sustainable management
- Conformity analyses on certification systems against international requirements
- Training and capacity building
- Find the most suitable and appropriate standard for the project development
- Ensure that emission reductions are additional, real, quantifiable, and permanent
- Avoid double-selling carbon credits
- Follow clear rules for measuring and reporting the amount of carbon contained in forest systems
- Sound forest management principles require that the produced timber originates from a legal source and has been produced applying good forest management practices. Wood tracking or log-tracking systems and technologies provide means to differentiate such timber from illegal or unspecified sources.
- Certified supply chain from forest to final timber product is a precondition for the license to use a product label on certified timber products.