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PEFC Sustainability Actions

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AS / NZS 4708 – Sustainable Forest Management

The Australian and New Zealand Standard® for Sustainable Forest Management (AS / NZS 4708) provides forest managers with economic, social, environmental and cultural criteria and requirements that support management of forests for products and services. The Australian and New Zealand Standard® for Sustainable Forest Management (AS / NZS 4708) is developed in accordance with Responsible Wood Standards Development Policies and Procedures and have been accredited as Australian Standards®. The Standard is used by all participants in the Responsible Wood certification scheme.

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AS 4707 – Chain of Custody of Forest Products

The Australian Standard® for Chain of Custody of Forest Products (AS 4707) provides all organisations in the wood or forest products certification chain with the minimum criteria and requirements to implement a credible system. This system tracks wood or forest products originating from certified forests through all phases of ownership, transportation and manufacturing to the end consumer. The Australian Standard® for Chain of Custody of Forest Products (AS 4707) is developed in accordance with Responsible Wood Standards Development Policies and Procedures and have been accredited as Australian Standards®. The Standard is used by all participants in the Responsible Wood certification scheme.

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Chain of Custody, PEFC ST 2002

This standard lays out the requirements for chain of custody certification for forest and tree based products – the conditions a company must meet in order to achieve PEFC certification. During the certification process, the certification body will assess the company against the requirements set out in this document. If the company complies, they will receive their PEFC chain of custody certificate. PEFC chain of custody establishes the link from the forest to the market, tracking forest and tree based products from sustainable sources to the final product. In addition, this standard includes management requirements, including on health, safety and labour issues.

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Community Grants Program

Through the 21-22 Responsible Wood Community Grants program, we seek to support regional and rural Australian communities to connect with their local certified forests. Specifically, the program is designed to support local communities better access or experience their local forest. This may be through the construction of bike or walking tracks, improved signage within a forest, construction of picnic facilities, rehabilitation or habitat improvement of forest areas, bushfire related commemorations, commissioning and or installation of art along existing forest tracks. The funding available per project is between $5 000 and $15 000. Each year, the applications open on 1st September and close on 31st October with the project to be completed by 31st May of the following year.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible Wood contributes to achieving the SDGs, focusing on SDG 1 to 9, as we work towards unlocking the full potential of forests for a sustainable world.

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