Legal Verification Services & Wood Tracking Program
Legal Verification Services & Wood Tracking Program:
Global Forestry Services has revised the Legal Verification Services and Wood Tracking Program to better mitigate risk of unknown & illegal material entering the supply chain through a documented supplier risk assessment and site evaluation systems to verify wood products originate from a legal forest or plantation areas. The Wood Tracking Program is used to assess and monitor a formal Chain of Custody (CoC) system for manufacturers and trading companies to track the raw material used in wood products to a verified legal forest or plantation area. Legal Verification Service (LVS) provides for field evaluation of legal compliance for raw material that comes from forests or plantation areas that are considered not low risk for legality.
Companies participating in the GFS Wood Tracking Program must have a formal Chain of Custody system to trace material from purchasing through production and sale of wood products. Purchases of raw material and wood products must be vetted through a formal Risk Assessment that documents Low Risk of all material entering supply chain. The Risk Assessment consists of evaluating Country Level Risk; Species Risk & Operational Risk. Any material not considered low risk based on the Risk Assessment must undergo site evaluation for legal compliance based on the LVS Standard (LVS-005 v07 Feb 2015) or National / Local Standard for Legality. The GFS LVS & WTP is designed to support system for due care for the Lacey Act and due diligence to meet EU timber trade regulations and the Australian Illegal Logging Act.
Sabah Timber Legality Monitoring:
GFS provides monitoring of legal verification of ALL long-term forest management and licensed harvest areas in Sabah, Malaysia based on compliance to the current Sabah Forest Legality Standard for forest operations developed by the Forestry Department Sabah (FDS). GFS has been operating the FLEGT Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS) for forests in Sabah, Malaysia since May 2009 that is planned to continue through 2019 supported by the Sabah Forestry Department and Yayasan Sabah Foundation. FDS developed the Sabah Legality Standard for forestry operations (current version: Appendix A: Principles 1-4 dated 13 Nov 2013) for field evaluation of compliance as recorded in this document (GFS ref#: G161-001 v01 Nov 2014.
Sabah Timber Legality monitoring includes verification of legality through manufacturing and trade based on Appendix A: Principles 5&6 v02 Nov 2014. GFS conducts annual assessment for all manufacturers and export companies to document compliance to the Sabah Legality Standard for processing and trade.
Philippine Guidebook on Chain of Custody & Compliance Monitoring:
GFS has drafted a Guidebook on that provides a methodology to assist the timber industry to establish a Chain of Custody coupled with a due diligence system for the market, as buyers want a single source of information that is consistent and reliable. The Guidebook sets out both a framework for the Philippine Industry & Trade to follow in regards to Chain of Custody system in the form of procedures that is integrated with a formal monitoring procedure that can be managed by the timber associations to check implementation by it’s members. The Guidebook is divided into 3 main parts:
- Section A: provides the background and structure of the proposed chain of custody and due diligence systems;
- Sections B-E: identifies in brief detail the critical controls and procedures for Chain of Custody based on Philippine regulations; and
- Section F: sets out the monitoring procedures used by independent assessors to verify the documentation and implementation by Association Members to support due diligence.
Ghana Wood Tracking System
GFS is part of a consortium lead by Ata Marie to support the Ghana Government – Forestry Commission to develop a Wood Tracking System to meet their commitments in the FLEGT VPA and the EU Timber Regulations. The Ghana Wood Tracking System was developed as an integrated IT database project to capture forest inventory and tree harvesting data that can be tracked through production and export of finished wood products. The Wood Tracking System incorporates a verification system that includes both data and field evaluation of compliance with the Ghana Legality Standard. GFS provided the expertise for designing the verification system for the forests; wood processing and trade of wood products being used in the Ghana Wood Tracking System.