Our Environmental Commitment
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 measureable 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 bene ts to local communities.
Gunnersen is committed to sourcing, promoting and supplying forest products from legal sources, and wherever possible providing products that are certi ed under either FSC® or AFS/PEFC Chain of Custody (CoC). While there are currently not enough certi ed products available to cover our entire range, every year an increasing number of countries, governments and forest owners who recognise the importance of consumer con dence in product legality and good forest management are gaining forest and product CoC certi cation. Gunnersen, through selective purchasing and communication with suppliers is working to assist this transition.
In this guide you will nd an explanation of Chain of Custody certi ed products, an overview of a few of the more common certi cation schemes and answers to some frequently asked questions. You will also nd 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 certi cation (AS 4707) and forest management certi cation (AS 4708).
Consumers need to be able to identify which wood products have originated from certi ed forests. This can be dif cult, 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 certi ed forest, organisations along the supply chain must be Chain of Custody certi ed by an independent third-party. The requirements of Chain of Custody certi cation standards relate to quality systems, material sourcing, production controls, transaction documentation and labelling. 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 con dent about the source of the material
• Your purchase will help to promote the supply of certi ed products
• Your purchase will help ensure that natural resources are available for future generations
• Every organisation along the supply chain has been certi ed against Chain of Custody standards and is audited regularly
• Understand that when placing your order you need to specify the certi cation requirements of the product
• If processing goods and selling on as certi ed, your own Chain of Custody certi cation is required
Environmental certification schemes
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)
The Forest Stewardship Council was established in 1993 as an independent, not-for-pro t 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 certi cation process.
By 2008 more than 100 million hectares of forests across 70 countries had been certi ed to FSC standards. Worldwide sales of FSC labelled products are estimated at over
FSC certi ed 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 certi ed forests. Products labelled as ‘FSC Mixed’ contain at least 70% content from FSC certi ed 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 certi cation and the certi cate number for all sites is SA-COC-001966.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certi cation schemes (PEFC) and the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS)
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certi cation schemes is an independent, not-for-pro t, non-governmental organisation founded in 1999, which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third-party certi cation.
PEFC is a global umbrella organisation for the assessment and mutual recognition of national forest certi cation 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 certi cation 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 certi cation of sustainable forest management and Chain of Custody.
Products labelled as ‘AFS/PEFC’ contain a minimum 70% content from certi ed forests recognised by PEFC, with the remainder from non-controversial sources.
Gunnersen has AFS/PEFC Chain of Custody certi cation and the certi cate 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.
The following products have been independently assessed by ecospecifier and included on their list of environmentally preferable materials and products.
Our Products have been independently assessed by ecospecifier and included on their list of environmentally preferable materials and products. In addition, ecospecifier has determined that this product may contribute to Green Star credit points.