CHEP Australia has reached a significant milestone in its ongoing sustainability efforts by achieving 100 per cent Chain of Custody certification for timber sourcing for its pallets in Australia.
The Chain of Custody certification is part of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme, Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) and is internationally recognised by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The certification provides assurance to CHEP Australia customers that the timber pallets are made and repaired using a supply base sourced from sustainably managed forests.
CHEP worked with its suppliers to help fulfil the requirements for the certification; all CHEP suppliers are now Chain of Custody certified. Global Lumber Lead, Denis O’Hara explains that certification is one of the most powerful tools for companies to assure the public of their commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable forest management.
CHEP’s parent company, Brambles also achieved international recognition earlier this year for their sustainability efforts, with the CDP naming Brambles in its forests annual report as ‘a global leader in sustainability for the Industrial and Auto sector’.
CDP’s forests program requires companies to disclose their exposure to deforestation risks through their use of five agricultural commodities that are responsible for most deforestation (palm oil, soy, biofuels, timber and cattle products). CHEP’s global framework for the sustainable sourcing of lumber across more than 20 countries enabled the company to participate constructively in the CDP survey.
CDP’s report is referenced by institutional investors and major purchasing organisations to understand and mitigate their exposure to deforestation risks across supply chains worldwide.