In many parts of the world such as the
EU and USA the Chain of Custody (COC) certification is becoming an
industrial standard for companies buying and selling timber, furniture,
panel and paper products to demonstrate that they source their products
with responsibility. Over 50% of timber brought into the EU is now legal
and responsibly sourced. The demand for certified timber is increasing
as more and more central and local government and private development
projects insist on it.
Companies that complete the Chain of
Custody Certification are seen to be environmentally focused and to have
proved they run a responsible businesses. Having completed the
requirements of the Chain of Custody, they will be allowed to use the
FSC logos on their products and stationary, which will add credibility
to their company.
Why should a company have an FSC Chain
of Custody certification in place if the timber itself is not FSC
certified up to the final shackle of the chain? In other words why should
a wooden house supplier, like us, pay thousands of dollars for an FSC
Chain of Custody certification while none of the timber felling
concessions supplying the wood used in wooden house prefabrication is
FSC certified? A certification seems to be waste of money and only to
the advantage of the accreditation body who "takes care" of all the
paperwork, like in the 80's with the ISO Certification. As long as the
timber at the felling sources is not FSC certified, any Chain of Custody
certification for that particular wood species can be considered useless
and does not have any meaning.
order to back our statement above we sent an e-mail to the FSC
organization. This is their answer: "If the timber isn’t certified, no
FSC claims may be made in relation to products deriving from it, whether
or not a certification is in place".
We kindly inform the visitor that so
far only a few wood species in Indonesia have been FSC certified, such
as Sulawesi Teak, Java Teak, Mahogany and a few more (non structural
timbers). These wood species are mainly
used for cabinetry and furniture, but NOT ANY of the species which are generally used for the fabrication of prefab houses
are FSC certified, timbers
such as Bangkirai (except some flooring), Merbau, Iron wood, Nyatoh, Kempas, Keruwing, etc. We
condemn the activities of some wooden house manufacturers who flatly
claim that their houses are built from FSC certified wood.
This is potentially very misleading and it undermines the FSC system, which is designed to give you, as consumer, the confidence
that you’re buying a responsibly-sourced product.
Now we wonder what is closer to the
truth.......Having the FSC logo used on wood products and company letter
heads for wood species which are not at all FSC certified or, - as what
we do -, use timber which is obtained from legal timber felling
concessions, overlooked by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry as to
guarantee the compliance of the timber felling concession with the
Ministry's reforestation program and comply with the v-legal system.
Nonetheless, we will forthwith join
the FSC club at the very moment that timber felling concessions for
either Bangkirai, Merbau, Iron wood, Keruwing, Kempas, or Nyatoh and others have been
certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
If you wish to verify which wood
species are FSC certified click