The AFA is proud to announce a working partnership with Responsible Wood*. Established in 2002, Responsible Wood* are pioneers in the development of certification standards for wood and wood products sourced from sustainably managed forests in Australia. RW standards provide guidance and accountability for forest managers, manufacturers and suppliers. They are committed to protecting and promoting Australia’s unique environments with standards that ensure a forest industry that is environmentally, socially, culturally and commercially sustainable.
Responsible Wood manage the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme which is underpinned by two Australian Standards®:
Responsible Wood also manage the New Zealand Forest Management Scheme on behalf of the New Zealand Forest Certification Association (NZFCA). The Scheme is underpinned by two standards:
Both certification schemes are endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the global authority on sustainable forest management.
Through certification, education and communication, Responsible Wood will develop demand for Australian wood products that are sourced using sustainable forest managed practices tailored to specific regions and environmental conditions. The Responsible Wood certification program provides confidence for consumers, differentiating certified Australian wood products, making them easier to buy.
Certification is the tool to verify that forests are being managed responsibly to deliver social, environmental and economic benefits now and in the future. It is also the tool to connect the consumer with the sustainable origins of wood and wood products.
To ensure that certification is objective and impartial, it is carried out by independent accredited certification bodies.
After a forest owner or company is satisfied that they meet the requirements of the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme, they need to contact an accredited certification body and request an audit to confirm their practices. During an audit, the auditor will assess whether practices on the ground meet the Standards through, for example, field visits and consultations with stakeholders.
If compliance is demonstrated, the certification body issues a certificate valid for three to five years, after which the operators must become re-certified.
Additional checks are done through annual surveillance audits to proactively verify on-going compliance. Only operations who continuously meet our standards earn the right to make “Responsible Wood-certified” claims and use the Responsible Wood label.
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*Responsible Wood, is a not-for-profit standards development organisation [formerly known as Australian Forestry Standard Ltd].