What is Chain of Custody?

Chain of Custody certification is a process to trace wood, through inventory and stock control up the supply chain – from the certified forest where the wood was harvested, through the manufacturing process to the final point of sale, such as a timber yard, hardware store or furniture shop. This could be either here in Australia or overseas.

Wood products coming from certified forest may be sold with documentation or a product label, verifying the products certified origin.
This information can be traced back to the last certified organisation that has either transformed or owned the product in the chain.

Each company in the supply chain needs to be independently certified ( AFS / PEFC™ / FSC® ) to ensure that the link in the chain of custody is not broken.

Forest Stewardship Council®

FSC® is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

FSC® vision
The world’s forests meet the social, ecological, and economic rights and needs of the present generation without compromising those of future generations.

FSC® mission
The Forest Stewardship Council® A.C. (FSC®) shall promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Environmentally appropriate forest management ensures that the harvest of timber and non-timber products maintains the forest’s biodiversity, productivity, and ecological processes.

For more information visit FSC® page.


As the world’s largest forest certification system, PEFC™ remains the certification system of choice for small, non-industrial private forests, with hundreds of thousands of family forest owners certified to comply with our Sustainability Benchmark.

Promoting Sustainable Forest Management
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.

PEFC™ works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to its eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.

For further information www.pefc.org