Demand for chain of custody certification has grown dramatically in the past few years to the extent that, for many companies, the ability to prove that a timber product has been derived from a well-managed source is now a key factor in the specification of timber and paper products. There are currently two independently accredited chain of custody programmes, the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) scheme and the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™) scheme. Pinstripe is accredited to both schemes and can provide chain of custody certification to both schemes.
To achieve FSC and PEFC accreditation, an organisation must have clearly defined systems for identifying material sources and movements.
Traceability is key. an organisation must be certain that there is no possibility of certified and non certified materials being mixed. In addition, the chain of custody systems must be fully documented, incorporate development procedures, non compliance procedures, staff training and regular management review.
Once an organisation has set-up its chain of custody systems these need to be run and tested to ensure they are robust. Once this has been achieved the system needs to be audited by an independent audit body approved by FSC and PEFC. Once accreditation has been achieved the systems are independently audited annually to ensure they are still compliant.
In recent years, the wider business community has evolved. It has developed an increased awareness of corporate responsibility issues, and assumed its share of responsibility and accountability for maintaining standards of ethical, social and environmental performance.
The developing awareness of the industry has grown in step with an increase in communities’ and society’s expectations across all sectors. Two Sides recognises that the industry has a responsibility to continually improve its environmental credentials and address customer concerns, which are often the result of misleading or inaccurate information.
The initiative will set out the facts in a clear and straightforward manner; addressing some of the inaccuracies and issues that surround the industry. There is an appetite by those working within the graphic communications supply channel to understand all the environmental issues and thus make more informed decisions about the use of print and paper products.
For over 2000 years print and paper have been the preferred communication medium. Two Sides seeks to ensure that, by fostering a better understanding of our industry’s environmental credentials, print and paper, through its myriad of uses from commercial applications to the basis of learning and creativity, remains the essential communication medium of choice.