JSC Timber is committed to implementing and maintaining the Forest Stewardship Council’s Chain of Custody requirements for FSC® certified timber products. 

Our commitments are as follows:
  • We ensure our staff have the means to effectively implement the procedures and checks necessary to administer the Chain of Custody and to work with suppliers and customers in regards to Chain of Custody requirements.
  • We purchase timber from suppliers who have established a clear track record in respect of environmental standards and conformance, with responsible legal and social principles.  
  • We are a foundation member of  the New Zealand Imported Tropical Timber Group (NZITTG) and will conform to the Charter of Understanding 2007.
  • We review suppliers and procedures periodically to ensure compliance with industry best practice and up-to-date standards.
How can you tell whether your timber really is sustainably sourced? We chat with ArchiPro here about how we ensure best practice.

North America
JSC Timber has played a significant role in the importation of environmentally responsibly managed timber into NZ for many years.

As founder members of the New Zealand Timber Importers’ Association (NZTIA) and New Zealand Imported Tropical Timber Group (NZITTG), JSC Timber is committed to the environmental charter adopted by NZTIA/NZITTG and is supplying timber products from producers who lead in environmental forest management practices. 

The bulk of our imports from North America is Western Red Cedar from British Columbia.  Our principal shippers are similarly committed to meeting the highest environmental standards through the application of science-based principals, collaborative approaches, sustainable forest practices and independent certifications. 

The Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) has been adopted as the principal environment standard.  SFI is one of the worlds most rigorous and widely applied standard of sustainable forestry.  Programme participants have a strong record of innovative and careful stewardship of the forests they own and manage, integrating modern forest science and technology for wood fibre, while protecting biodiversity and ecological, cultural and high-visual aspect/historic sites. 

SFI is consistent with principals and procedures outlined in various standards including CSA, GAAS, ANSI, PEFC and the Ker Haut Standard.  In addition, several of our shippers are also Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified for certain key areas of the Chain of Custody.  
The PEFC Council (
JSC Timber recognises the importance of promoting the use of responsibly managed timber resources through the Programme Endorsement of Forestry Certification.  All our imported Western Red Cedar, American Oak and Australian hardwoods are supplied through PEFC independent certification programmes - these are AFS, CSA and SFI schemes.

The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999, which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.

PEFC is a global umbrella organisation for the assessment of and mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes developed in a multi-stakeholder process. These national schemes build upon the inter-governmental processes for the promotion of sustainable forest management, a series of on-going mechanisms supported by 149 governments in the world, covering 85% of the world's forest area.

PEFC has in its membership 35 independent national forest certification systems, of which 25 to date have been through a rigorous assessment process involving public consultation and the use of independent assessors to provide the assessments on which mutual recognition decisions are taken by the membership. These 25 systems account for more than 200 million hectares of certified forests producing millions of tonnes of certified timber to the market place making PEFC the world's largest certification system. The other national member’s schemes are at various stages of development and are working towards mutual recognition under the PEFC processes.

South Pacific Islands
Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea

JSC Timber has played a significant role in the importation of environmentally responsibly managed timber into NZ for many years.

JSC are founder members of the NZ Timber Importers Association (NZTIA) and the Imported Tropical Timber Group (ITTG) and are committed to the “Charter of Understanding” which requires that wherever possible we buy from environmentally responsible and sustainable forest operations.

Fiji has a long established Ministry of Forests, and a long awareness of sustainable forest management. Successive Conservators of Forests have maintained a strong hold on the issuing of resource consents and subsequent monitoring of volumes and species extracted from the bush. 

There is a well established National Code of Logging Practice which sets out the terms as to where and how logs can be felled and extracted in order to sustain the forest resource, and cause minimum impact on the environment.  More recent requirements of enhanced roading infrastructure, has further protected the water catchments and natural landscape of production forest blocks. 

Since 1948 significant plantings of Swietenia (Mahoganny) and Pinus Caribbea (Tropic Pine) have subsequently taken much of the pressure off the indigenous resource.  However the current Forest Surveillance Operations and Inspectorate of the Department continue to manage the forest companies with considerable success.

In the case of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands there is a similarly well established Department of Forests that has a full raft of legislation and a well designed management structure behind it.  There is a well established Logging Code that provides for good forest practice.  An important aspect of Forest management in PNG and the Solomons is that almost all land, including production forest, is owned by tribal communities. Therefore there is plenty of opportunity for the forests to be harvested with direct economic benefit returning to the landowners.  Local tribal groups can actively negotiate and monitor the activity of logging companies around protected cultural and spiritual areas as well as traditional hunting and gardening reserves.  Landowners also take advantage of an enhanced infrastructure of roads, bridges and social services provided under the terms of the Timber Rights Purchase Agreement required by the Forest Act.

In summary, apart from some valuable Greenpeace monitored village eco-production predominantly from the Solomon Islands, there is virtually no third party certified eco production available from these countries.

We are therefore reliant on the power and implementation of forest/land-use legislation and the commitment of the forest companies to harvest sustainably and responsibly, recognising the value of the resource and the environmental demands of the international market.

We know the sawmillers we buy from are either eco-registered with Greenpeace, or are operating at a high environmental standard.