Forest certification promotes and guarantees a forest management approach in line with the three pillars for sustainable development: environmental, social and economic.
Verified by an independent organization, it determines the conditions for timber harvesting and makes it possible to ensure that the products offered come from responsibly managed forests and can be traced every step of their journey from their place of production through to end customers.
The Forest Stewardship Council
These guarantees are increasingly important in order to offer the assurances demanded by international markets concerning the legal origins of timber (Lacey Act in the US, EUTR in Europe, timber regulations in Japan and Australia, etc.).
Argento’s certification process will take around 18 months working with local and international forest management agencies. This does not prevent the exporting of timber as Argento already has strict Chain of Custody documentation and legality guarantees in line with the European Union’s Timber Regulation (EUTR).
EU Timber Regulation. EUTR
Due diligence prohibits EU operators from placing illegally harvested timber and timber products on the EU market. The three key elements are:
- Information: The operator must have access to information describing the timber and timber products, country of harvest, species, quantity, details of the supplier and information on compliance with national legislation.
- Risk assessment: The operator should assess the risk of illegal timber in his supply chain, based on the information identified above and taking into account criteria set out in the regulation.
- Risk mitigation: When the assessment shows that there is a risk of illegal timber in the supply chain that risk can be mitigated by requiring additional information and verification from the supplier.
Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade FLEGT
FLEGT-licensed products automatically meet the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation, with a focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs). A VPA is a legally binding trade agreement between the EU and a timber-exporting country outside the EU to control, verify and license legal timber. A Mozambique FLEGT timber country survey was done in Feb 2014 and we are expecting the country’s full application and license.