At UniBoard as part of our Environmental awareness we are both FSC® and PEFC® certified as well as Members of REPAK Ireland.
FSC® and PEFC® Chain of Custody
What is Forest Certification?
Forest Certification is a method that forest owners, the forest industry and the entire production chain for wood products can use to show consumers that products are made from wood that comes from well-managed forests. A well-managed forest is one which is ecologically, socially and economically sustainable.
What is Chain of Custody?
Consumers in growing numbers are seeking evidence of environmentally sound business practices. Public authorities and enterprise procurement policies increasingly demand reassurance and proof from the wood-processing industries that the wood they use comes from sustainable managed sources. Businesses therefore need a reliable and credible mechanism to prove to their customers where their products have come from. Every business is a link in the overall 'chain' for the wood from the forest to the finished product. So it is important all business are certified by independently accredited third parties to demonstrate that the 'chain' is complete.
Why are there Different Certification Systems?
There are dozens of regional and national certification systems throughout the world. Nearly 250 million hectares of forests have been certified under these systems. This equates to slightly less that 7% of the world's forests. Below is a guide to how the different certification schemes make up this ratio.
The first forest certification system, the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), was established in 1993. It was designed mainly with large forest owners in mind but was also adapted to suit the needs of small forest owners. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC®) system was established in 1999.