How to prove compliance
There are two ways: using Category A evidence (the simplest way) or Category B evidence.
Category A evidence
You will need documentary evidence of full PEFC or FSC Chain of Custody certification, or the timber must carry a FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA).
Category B evidence
When is Category B evidence required?
This is required where the chain of custody is broken and your supplier has no CoC certificate (note: without Chain of Custody, you can’t publically claim to have purchased a certified product, even if the timber is from a certified forest).
Category B evidence is also required when the timber is not from a certified forest.
For both you’ll need credible evidence collected and available showing forest legality and sustainability criteria are met, and robust traceability from forest to you.
How is Category B evidence verified?
There are three ways in which Category B evidence is verified, including:
1st party verification: when suppliers check themselves. The most common form of first party verification is a supplier declaration.
2nd party verification: when customers check their suppliers.
3rd party verification: when an independent organization checks the supplier.
The TTF provides help and advice, and its RPP can be used to provide Category B evidence.