Customers worldwide are taking a greater interest in understanding the origin of the forest products they purchase.
In Canada, 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 in British Columbia’s east Kootenays region. 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 four manufacturing facilities in North and South Carolina have achieved conformance with the SFI Standard (2010-2014 Edition and major changes to 2015-2019 Standards and Rules, Section 3 – Fiber Sourcing Standard) according to a surveillance audit report in June 2015. The Scotch Gulf facilities in Alabama and the recently purchased Anthony mills in Arkansas are also certified to the SFI standard. Plans are underway to bring all Canfor Southern Pine facilities under one SFI certificate, as well as certifying newly acquired mills in Georgia and Mississippi.
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 2015, 82% 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 both PEFC and 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 and paper. Both FSC and PEFC require that we have in place audited risk assessments on all the locations where we source our fibre. These are publicly available through the FSC website’s public certificate search function.