Defining Paper and Fiber Chain of Custody
Chain of Custody: The linked set of companies or entities that have held legal ownership or physical control of a given paper product between the point of harvest and point of purchase by REI.
Known, but not certified: The chain of custody will be deemed "known" if each supplier from fiber source to REI is under contractual obligation and is able to disclose proof of their source including purchase agreements, inventory records, etc., sufficient to demonstrate that the product purchased by REI can be followed through each step of the supply chain back to the source. In addition, this chain of documentation is subject to audit by REI or its designated auditor. A certificate of conformance should accompany each delivery of material from the supplier attesting to the source.
Certified: The chain of custody will be deemed "certified" if each party in the supply chain has received certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a system deemed equivalent.
Undesirable: Paper and wood fiber that is the product of illegal logging or is obtained from controversial sources in areas that:
Contribute to human rights violations;
Drive armed conflict from timber operations;
Actively convert natural forests to plantations or non-forest uses, or;
Use timber from genetically modified trees or sourced from high conservation value forests (HCVF), unless the source is certified under a credible certification program such as FSC.
Acceptable: Acceptable sources of fiber are those that are not undesirable sources, although they have not been formally certified.
Certified: Sources that have received certification by FSC are automatically considered to come from acceptable sources.
September 21, 2006
The REI co-op is committed to stewardship as a core value of our business. Part of stewardship is the responsible use of resources and an interest in using our purchasing leverage to help motivate sound practices within our supply chain. We are committed to responsible use of forest resources and the mitigation of negative environmental impacts from the harvest and processing of paper products that we purchase. REI fully supports responsible forest management practices that promote forest sustainability, biodiversity and long-term shared environmental, social and economic benefits.
REI will achieve the goals of this policy through a step-wise, continuous improvement approach to responsible purchasing of paper products. This offers a pragmatic and workable mechanism while valuing our long term relationships with supply chain partners.
REI will measure performance against established goals and timelines and will report progress to our board of directors, co-op members and the public.
REI has established the following policy commitments:
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