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Guide To Chain of Custody

What is chain of custody?

Chain of Custody is an information trail about the path taken to track raw materials from certified forests and other noncontroversial sources through each processing or manufacturing stage, until the resulting product reaches the store shelf or the end-user.

In addition, it can be used to track characteristics such as the proportion of recycled content. Chain of Custody can also assist in determining the potential level of risk associated with trading illegally harvested wood or wood harvested in violation of traditional or civil rights—an important consideration in light of the fact that only 11 percent of the world’s forests are certified.

This means there is a good chance you have some non-certified content in your supply chain, and you want assurance that it is not the result of illegal harvesting practices, especially if it is from offshore jurisdictions that lack Canada’s rigorous forest laws and enforcement.

A Guide To Chain of Custody Fact Sheet

In the international marketplace, jurisdictions are increasingly specifying forest certification requirements, backed by Chain of Custody (CoC) in their green procurement policies, ensuring they source legal and sustainable forest products.