FINE TIMBER TASMANIA
FINE TIMBER TASMANIA CHAIN OF CUSTODY
Tasmania has an enviable selection of special timbers, unique to our island state, the Design Island. These timbers and veneers are made into an extensive range of objects of excellence, from document boxes to dining tables, guitars to pianos, turned objects to corporate gifts and lighting.
Increasingly, consumers are demanding that the wood products they buy are made from timber that can be traced back to a sustainable and legal source. The Fine Timber Chain of Custody system provides that assurance. It is a simple, yet rigorous system that covers all steps in the supply chain.
This is a world first.
While other systems exist, the Fine Timber Tasmania Chain of Custody system is the first to apply to a fine timber supply chain.
Your Guarantee of Origin
LEGAL. RESPONSIBLE. TASMANIAN.
THE CHAIN OF CUSTODY
Forest and Chain of Custody certification enables consumers to make informed purchase decisions. It assures consumers that the product has been sourced from a forest certified as sustainably managed in accordance with an internationally recognised legal framework that has been independently audited.
THE CHAIN OF CUSTODY INVOLVES:
- Applicants committed to only using wood from forests certified to the AFS standard and are trained to use a documented standard approach to record keeping and operating within the system.
- Independent audit of the system ensures compliance to the documented standard.
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF LINKS THAT ARE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF THE SYSTEM.
- FTT Inc as the parent body of the Chain of Custody system has engaged a systems manager.
- The Chain of Custody system is independently audited to the Australian Forestry Standard on an annual basis by an accredited certification body, Global-Mark.
GUARANTEE YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE BUYING LEGAL, RESPONSIBLE, TASMANIAN TIMBER.
Being a licensee in the Fine Timber Tasmania Chain of Custody system gives your customers a guarantee they are buying fine Tasmanian timber from a legal and sustainable source.
Tasmania’s publicly owned forests, managed by Forestry Tasmania and some privately owned forests are certified to the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) AS4708, for environmental, social and economic sustainability, and are managed and harvested in accordance with State and Australian government environmental regulations.
Each link in the supply chain, from the forest to the retail market, is certified to the Chain of Custody system by an independent auditor.
WHO SHOULD JOIN THE CHAIN OF CUSTODY SYSTEM?
Any business that processes or sells Tasmanian fine timbers and/or products, and who wishes to demonstrate the environmental and social integrity of their products should join the Chain of Custody system.
Businesses may include sawmills, manufacturers of wooden furniture and other wooden products, designers/makers, musical instrument makers, retailers and gallery owners.
Forest growers are at the very beginning of the Chain of Custody. Every other link relies on the integrity of our forest management practices.
Our third generation saw milling business is based on fine Tasmanian timber. Our clients want to know the timber we supply is legal and Chain of Custody gives that guarantee.
Chain of Custody is a distinguished symbol in the marketplace and offers our customers an assurance that we chose this program as a social and environmental choice.
The Chain of Custody symbolises our commitment to delivering superior products made from Tasmanian timber.
HOW TO APPLY
THE STEPS TO CERTIFICATION
The Fine Timber Tasmania Chain of Custody system is a simple yet rigorous system guaranteeing your customers are buying legal and responsible fine Tasmanian timbers. To apply for a license or find more information contact the system coordinator.
1. OBSERVER LICENSE APPLICATION
Any business in the timber supply chain starts by applying for an ‘Observer License’.
2. INDUCTION & TRAINING
While holding an Observer License, participants will receive systems induction and training to work towards full compliance. An observer License does not allow the business to make any claims regarding the sale of certified product.
3. SYSTEMS AUDIT
Prior to receiving a full license, businesses must successfully complete an internal systems audit to ensure compliance.
4. AFTER A SUCCESSFUL AUDIT
Once a business has successfully completed a system audit they are eligible to apply for a full License for the sale of certified timber product.
Design Tasmania is appointed by Fine Timber Tasmania Inc as the coordinator of their Chain of Custody system. The coordinator is responsible for the implementation, maintenance and development of the Chain of Custody system that complies with AS 4707. The coordinator acts on behalf of the licensees.