Forest certification

Forest certification is a system of inspecting and tracking timber, paper pulp and other forest products to make sure they’ve been harvested according to a strict set of guidelines. It’s about more than just which trees are cut down. Forest certification is also about the well-being of workers and local communities.

Certification begins in the forest and continues through the entire timber trading chain to the sales outlet. The aim is to give you, the consumer, confidence that you’re buying a responsibly-harvested forest product.

We believe that certification should:

•    protect threatened species and habitats
•    respect the rights of local communities and workers
•    minimise waste from forestry activities
•    support sustainable local economies (e.g. provide opportunities for a sustainable source of income for local people).


Choose good wood and save our forests

One of the main causes of forest lost is illegal logging, which is fed by high demand for timber in Europe and countries such as Japan, the United States and China.
This wood then ends up in our shops and ultimately our homes. In this way, your garden furniture or wooden flooring may have contributed to the destruction of the world’s most valuable rainforests.


What you can do to stop bad wood coming into Australia

Businesses will ultimately listen to their customers.

If you stop buying illegally produced timber or timber that comes from forests that are badly managed, then the suppliers will have no choice but to change as well.

Make sure that any timber products you buy carry the FSC label. If you can’t find FSC-certified products in your local store, ask the store manager to supply them.

Without the FSC label, timber may well stem from illegal or questionable sources.

The symbol of the FSC is spay-painted onto stacks of processed timber, Brazil. 
	© Edward Parker / WWF
The symbol of the FSC is spay-painted onto stacks of processed timber, Brazil.
© Edward Parker / WWF

Are you contributing to illegal logging?

Ask yourself the following questions. If you do not know the answers, do your research and find out before you make a choice on the wood products you buy.

- Has your garden furniture contributed to the destruction of the world’s most valuable rainforests?

- Has your parquetry flooring destroyed key habitats for orang-utans and jaguars?

- Did your sauna seats once offer shade to African elephants?