Chain of Custody certification delivers the message to markets
Metsä Group’s wood tracing systems are certified and verified according to PEFC™ and FSC® Chain of Custody requirements. They both include requirements for acceptable sources of wood, documentation, internal control, definition of the certification share in products and its’ communication to customers.
When using wood from several owners as Metsä Group, it is quite understandable that it is not always certified, as forest certification is a volunteer commitment of the forest owner. A very important requirement is that if non-certified wood is used in the production of certified goods, the wood must originate from forests, covered by an appropriate control program. Wood used by Metsä Group was 85% certified.
The Chain of Custody standards define three main methods for the definition of certification share in a product:
‒ Separation method in which the certified material is kept separately from the non-certified material.
‒ Percentage based method in which the share of certified raw material is calculated per product group for a defined period.
‒ Credit based method in which credits of certified wood are gained according to the certification share of the purchased raw material. Sales decrease the amount, as well as time limits for the credits.
Metsäliitto Cooperative’s FSC logo licence code is FSC-C014476.