International Chain of Custody certification schemes enabling timber to be tracked from seedlings to building sites are vital if timber suppliers want to move forward and cover lost environmental high-ground, says Baker Moon , a leading Adelaide timber merchant.  

Baker Moon has been distributing locally and internationally sourced timber for over 40 years, and has witnessed many changes within the timber industry as well as consumer expectations.  

Baker Moon’s Manager Kym Buckingham believes consumers are becoming more discerning when choosing timber products and the impact their production has upon the environment, opting for eco timber if they can find it.

“Timber is arguably the most environmentally carbon friendly building material available, but concerns such as unsustainable logging and land clearing are having an impact on public support for this renewable product,” he said.  

“The only way for timber to enhance its reputation is through international tracking protocols which will enable customers to know where the wood has come from and be assured of its environmental credentials.”  

This tracking protocol is called a Chain of Custody certification, developed to ensure consumers that the timber products they are purchasing have come from a legal and responsibly managed forest, with independent third party verification of all supply links from the forest to the marketplace.  

Chain of Custody certification is voluntary and involves independent assessment to identify and demonstrate responsible eco timber management. The assessment seeks to identify the following: 

  • Commitment to planning and monitoring
  • Protection of environmental ideals
  • Adherence to laws and rights to the land
  • Consideration of indigenous, community and worker rights, values and benefits
  • Assurance of ongoing forest yields  
Baker Moon recently sought and was awarded Chain of Custody accreditation for the purchase, storage and distribution of a wide range of timber products and mouldings.

“In most cases the consumer won’t have to pay any more for wood products with a chain of custody guarantee, but they can be assured that their timber comes from legal and responsibly managed forests, sawmills and suppliers.” he said.  

“Consumers are expecting businesses to be more open and up-front about the history or content of their products, and timber is no different. Forest certification is the way forward for our industry.”