Our Environmental Commitment
We are committed to environmental sustainability and sourcing, promoting and supplying certified forest products from legal sources wherever possible.
Gunnersen Pty Ltd has been importing timber into Australia since 1879. Still a family business, Gunnersen now source forest products from suppliers around the world and distribute from eight key city based warehouses across Australia and New Zealand.
As a natural and potentially sustainable resource, well managed forests from which forest products are produced provide significant and measurable environmental and economic benefits to communities, regions, countries and consumers. Forestry, as the husbandry of these resources, encompasses the protection of biodiversity, maintenance of ecosystems, landscaping and watercourse protection, and also provides socioeconomic benefits to local communities.
Gunnersen is committed to sourcing, promoting and supplying forest products from legal sources, and wherever possible providing products that are certified under either FSC® or AFS/PEFC Chain of Custody (CoC). While there are currently not enough certified products available to cover our entire range, every year an increasing number of countries, governments and forest owners who recognise the importance of consumer confidence in product legality and good forest management are gaining forest and product CoC certification. Gunnersen, through selective purchasing and communication with suppliers is working to assist this transition.
In this guide you will find an explanation of Chain of Custody certified products, an overview of a few of the more common certification schemes and answers to some frequently asked questions. You will also find our Environmental Policy and Responsible Forest Products Purchasing Policy.
Forest and product chain of custody certification
Organisations such as the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) have developed standards outlining what is required to ensure forests are well managed. Forests are certified by an independent third-party against these standards.
In Australia, the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) has been developed locally for Australian applications and has co-recognition with the PEFC for both product Chain of Custody certification (AS 4707) and forest management certification (AS 4708).
Consumers need to be able to identify which wood products have originated from certified forests. This can be difficult, as wood can pass through various owners and processes before reaching the consumer.
To assure consumers that the wood product they purchase has come from a certified forest, organisations along the supply chain must be Chain of Custody certified by an independent third-party. The requirements of Chain of Custody certification standards relate to quality systems, material sourcing, production controls, transaction documentation and labeling. Only those products that have come from an unbroken chain of certified organisations can be claimed as such.
When buying under Chain of Custody:
• You can be confident about the source of the material
• Your purchase will help to promote the supply of certified products
• Your purchase will help ensure that natural resources are available for future generations
• Every organisation along the supply chain has been certified against Chain of Custody standards and is audited regularly
• Understand that when placing your order you need to specify the certification requirements of the product
• If processing goods and selling on as certified, your own Chain of Custody certification is required
Environmental certification schemes
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)
The Forest Stewardship Council was established in 1993 as an independent, not-for-profit organisation by
a coalition of NGO’s, forest managers, timber traders, retailers and representatives of local people’s groups. The aim was to raise the standards of forest management and to create openness in the timber supply chain through an internationally recognised timber certification process.
By 2008 more than 100 million hectares of forests across 70 countries had been certified to FSC standards. Worldwide sales of FSC labelled products are estimated at over
FSC certified products are available as ‘FSC Pure’,
‘FSC Mixed’ or ‘FSC Recycled’. 100% of the wood content
in products labelled as ‘FSC Pure’ come from FSC certified forests. Products labelled as ‘FSC Mixed’ contain at least 70% content from FSC certified forests, with the remainder being made up of recycled material and/or content meeting the FSC controlled wood standard. Products labelled as ‘FSC Recycled’ contain at least 85% post-consumer content, with a maximum of 15% from post-industrial sources.
Gunnersen has FSC Chain of Custody certification and the certificate number for all sites is SA-COC-001966.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) and the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS)
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes is an independent, not-for-pro t, non-governmental organisation founded in 1999, which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third-party certification.
PEFC is a global umbrella organisation for the assessment and mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes developed in a multi-stakeholder process. These national schemes build upon inter-governmental processes for the promotion of sustainable forest management. There are about 30 national forest certification systems endorsed by PEFC, together certifying over 220 million hectares of forests across the globe. The Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) Ltd is a not-for-pro t company registered in July 2003 and is the PEFC endorsed system in Australia for certification of sustainable forest management and Chain of Custody.
Products labelled as ‘AFS/PEFC’ contain a minimum 70% content from certified forests recognised by PEFC, with the remainder from non-controversial sources.
Gunnersen has AFS/PEFC Chain of Custody certification and the certificate number for all sites is SA-PEFC/COC-001966.
Chain of Custody Certification (CoC)
Gunnersen is Chain of Custody (CoC) certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS) and the (PEFC) Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes. Together with our Responsible Forest Product Purchasing Policy, our CoC certification helps to reassure Gunnersen clients that certified products purchased from us are from legal, well-managed forests, delivered to them by a participating distribution company.
Gunnersen has taken care to ensure that an appropriate supply chain management framework is in place to maintain CoC system integrity.Further, the integration of Gunnersen’s CoC system with its Management Information System (MIS) strengthens the company’s commitment to good management principles. For all directly employed personnel and contractors these include occupational health and safety in the workplace, workplace rights and workplace training and development.