Tuesday, 01 December 2020
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HPP has joined more than 20,000 companies around the world to have been awarded PEFC Chain of Custody certification. We have invested in this rigorous assessment process to demonstrate our continuing commitment to a sustainable future for the world's forests. This certification provides assurance that HPP procures timber-derived panel products from sustainable, legal and traceable sources.
PEFC is an international non-profit organisation promoting sustainable forest management. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification is a mutual recognition programme for independent national forest schemes, strictly assessing national schemes against PEFC's Sustainability Benchmarks. PEFC's goal is to create a world in which people manage forests sustainably ensuring an equitable balance between their social, ecological and economic functions. Today over three quarters of a million forest owners manage more than 325 million hectares of forests according to PEFC's Benchmark. The PEFC label guarantees products are from sustainably managed forests.
Chain of Custody certification is the process by which certified material can be traced from the forest to the end-user. It provides proof that the product or product line being sold is linked to legally managed and certified forests. Stringent PEFC standards track all timber products and wood fibre coming out of the forest to ensure that they originate in sustainably-managed areas. Chain of Custody documentation offers assurances that each stage of the supply chain has been monitored closely and audited according to independent, third-party verification. This unbroken link offers transparent proof that materials have been responsibly sourced.
Alan Bolton, Purchasing Director said: "HPP is committed to obtaining products from responsibly-managed sources and is therefore proud to demonstrate its support for sustainable forest management by being able to provide our trade customers with assurances that the materials used to make our products can be traced back to the forests certified to a credible, international certification such as PEFC's."
For more information about PEFC and what it does