Customers worldwide are taking a greater interest in understanding the origin of the forest products they purchase. Canfor and Canfor Pulp carry chain-of-custody certification on our facilities so customers can be confident they are buying products from well-managed forests. Chain-of-custody certification requires tracking of forest products through all stages of production to the consumer.
Canfor’s Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification includes a multi-site chain of custody and controlled wood certificate and a chain of custody documented control system for our mills at Canal Flats and Elko in British Columbia. The rest of our Canadian facilities are chain-of-custody certified to the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
Canfor Southern Pine’s manufacturing facilities in North and South Carolina have achieved conformance with the SFI Standard (2010-2014) according to a recertification audit in June 2014. The audit found that requirements related to best management practices and educational opportunities had been exceeded.
All of the fibre used by Canfor Pulp’s pulp and paper originates within British Columbia, and all the forest operations we source from are in full legal compliance with provincial forest laws. In 2014, 78% of this fibre supply was certified to the CSA, SFI or FSC standard.
All Canfor Pulp fibre sources have been subject to a chain-of-custody audit to FSC Standards, and all of the products we make are eligible to be treated as FSC-controlled wood if the customer purchasing them has FSC chain-of-custody certification. Sawmill residuals, which we treat as basic raw materials, are covered by our chain of custody. We can also provide customers with FSC or PEFC-certified pulp. Both FSC and PEFC require that we have in place audited risk assessments on all the locations for our fibre. These are publicly available through the FSC website’s public certificate search function.