CERTIFICATION

SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT

PENTARCH FORESTRY

Pentarch Forestry Pty Ltd is known throughout the industry as a trusted and established forest manager and international wood marketer.

We manage private forest estates to ensure optimal environmentally sustainable forest management practice at all times, by applying:

  • a systematic approach to sustainable forest management that is independently certified to the Australian Forestry Standard for Sustainable Forest Management, AS 4708; and
  • “forest to market” solutions that optimise returns to growers.

Our Sustainable Forestry Policy, which is part of our management plan, commits the company to complying with the relevant chain of custody standards, the principles of sustainable forestry and relevant legal and regulatory requirements. Our Forest Management Plan demonstrates how we meet these principles.

Pentarch Forestry has achived certification to the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS 4708). It includes operations within New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. A copy of the certificate can be downloaded here - SFM Certificate

We recognise the importance to all Pentarch Forestry customers that the Responsible Wood (RW) Certification Scheme has international recognition. This recognition occurs through the international Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Compliance with forest management system certification is audited by an accredited, independent, third-party certification body to ensure compliance, continuous improvement and transparency. Surveillance audits occur every nine months, with re-certification audits conducted every three years.

A summary of the most recent audit can be downloaded here - FMS Audit Summary Report

Defined Forest Areas (DFA)

The size and location of Pentarch Forestry’s DFA is dynamic. Pentarch is a certified forest manager and properties are added to the DFA once they are assessed as suitable and contractual agreements have been established with the landowner giving Pentarch legal management control.

The most current DFA Maps can be downloaded below:

CHAIN OF CUSTODY

Chain of Custody Certification provides the opportunity to differentiate forest products harvested from responsibly managed forests in the marketplace and confers an ‘environmentally and socially-responsible’ seal of approval. Pentarch has established a multi-site chain of custody system for forest products across a number of sites throughout Tasmania and NSW. CoC Policy

Chain of Custody is the process by which materials are tracked by individual operations as wood is transformed from a tree in the forest to a final end product provided to a consumer in a wholesale or retail market (i.e. from forest to sawmill to processing facility to marketplace).

Through the achievement of Chain of Custody Certification, Pentarch Forestry enhance’s its ability to demonstrate and promote a healthy, local forest products industry - the connection between a healthy forest ecosystem and certified wood product in the marketplace.

Maintaining a system of continuous improvement within the Chain of Custody Certification demonstrates that Pentarch Forestry is committed to implementing and demonstrating ethical business behaviour and reassuring consumers that their purchasing decisions are responsible.

Third party certification by organisations accredited to the appropriate standard provides the independent verification and assurance that products carrying a certification claim are from well managed forests or controlled wood/sources from forests where the risk of a controversial source has been assessed as negligible.

Responsible wood (RW) / PEFC

Pentarch Forestry achieved PEFC multi-site Chain of Custody Certification. This allows for the purchase of 100% PEFC-Certified roundwood logs, the selling of 100% certified roundwood logs, and the manufacture and sales of 100% PEFC-Certified wood chips using the physical separation method. A copy of the certificate can be downloaded here - PEFC CoC Certificate

FSC®

Pentarch Forestry has also achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification (FSC-STD-40-004 V3.0) to purchase FSC 100% plantation roundwood logs and sell FSC 100% roundwood plantation logs using the transfer system and to manufacture and sell FSC controlled wood plantation wood chips. Pentarch also has achieved certification to the FSC Chain of Custody Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-40-005 V3.1). A copy of the certificate can be downloaded here – FSC CoC Certificate

Suppliers are evaluated to ensure that they comply with FSC Controlled Wood requirements through our due diligence system.

Pentarch Forestry’s aim is to avoid receiving material from unacceptable sources including:

  1. Illegally harvested wood or trade in illegal forest products.
  2. Wood in violation of traditional and human rights.
  3. Wood sourced from areas where high conservation values are threatened.
  4. Wood from significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use.
  5. Wood from trees that have been genetically modified.
  6. Wood in violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

For information on the above standards, please visit:

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Australian Marshalling Services (AMS), as part of the Pentarch Forestry Group, provides portside storage, quality control, measurement and logistics solutions for the export of log and allied wood products within Australia. Operations have been recently expanded to include the provision of toll woodchipping services.

Pentarch Forestry has an Environmental Management System in place which demonstrates a commitment to develop and review environmental performance, including assessment and control of environmental risks. A copy of our policy can be found here EMS Policy.

As part of its commitment to the environment, AMS holds environment protection licences/notices for activities conducted at its export log yards and chipmill facilities located in both Eden, NSW and Burnie, Tasmania with the relevant State Environmental Protection Authorities.

A copy of the these licences can be downloaded here - EPL Licence Chipmill, EPL Licence Export Log Yard, EPN Burnie.

Both sites in NSW have a requirement to publish monitoring results as part of their licence conditions. Latest results can be downloaded here – Chipmill Pollution Monitoring Results, Export log yard Monitoring Fumigation Reports.

It is a requirement of the NSW Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 that those with an EPL have in place a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan. The plans for both the Eden Chipmill facility and Export Log Yard can be downloaded here - PIRMP Chipmill, PIRMP Export Log Yard.

 

More Information

For further information or to ask any questions relating to certification, email notices@pentarch.com.au