Certification is the tool to verify that forests are being managed responsibly to deliver social, environmental and economic benefits now and in the future. It is also the tool to connect the consumer with the sustainable origins of wood and wood products.

Under the terms of the ‘Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012’ and the ‘Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulations 2012’ certification can be used as part of the due diligence requirements for ‘regulated timber products’, verifying the origins of timber from legal sources, in the forest.

To ensure that certification is objective and impartial, it is carried out by independent accredited certification bodies.

After a forest owner or company is satisfied that they meet the requirements of the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme, they need to contact an accredited certification body and request an audit to confirm their practices. During an audit, the auditor will assess whether practices on the ground meet the Standards through, for example, field visits and consultations with stakeholders.

If compliance is demonstrated, the certification body issues a certificate valid for three to five years, after which the operators must become re-certified.

Additional checks are done through annual surveillance audits to proactively verify on-going compliance. Only operations who continuously meet our standards earn the right to make “Responsible Wood-certified” claims and use the Responsible Wood label.

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