CHEP Australia Achieves Sustainability Milestone

July 21, 2014

CHEP Australia achieves sustainability milestone

18 July 2014 - CHEP starts the new financial year with the achievement of a significant milestone in its ongoing sustainability efforts: 100 per cent Chain of Custody certification for timber sourcing 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)[1]

CHEP worked with its suppliers to help them fulfil the requirements for the certification, which provides assurance to CHEP Australia customers that the supply base used to make and repair the timber pallet pool is sourced from sustainably managed forests.

Global Lumber Lead, Denis O’Hara, said: “Certification is one of the most powerful tools companies can use to assure the public that they're committed to environmental responsibility and sustainable forest management, and so I’m proud that all of our suppliers are now Chain of Custody certified.”

This latest achievement builds on international recognition earlier this year of the sustainability efforts of CHEP’s parent company, Brambles. In its forests annual report[2], CDP[3] named Brambles a global leader in sustainability for the Industrial and Auto sector.

Other sector leaders in the CDP report included: J Sainsbury - UK (Food & Staples Retailing), Kimberly-Clark Corporation - USA (Household & Personal Products,), Unilever – UK (Packaged Foods & Meats / Brewers and Soft Drinks), and Marks and Spencer Group – UK (Retailing).

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 forests program asks 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).

Institutional investors and major purchasing organisations use the insights from CDP’s forests program to understand and mitigate their exposure to deforestation risks across supply chains worldwide. This was the first year that Brambles had joined the CDP’s forests program by making a submission.

To read the CDP report go to

[1] Under the PEFC International Standard:  “Sustainable forest management (SFM) is a holistic approach defined as the stewardship and use of forests and forest land in a way and at a rate that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and potential to fulfil, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions, at local, national and global levels and does not cause damage to other ecosystems.


[2] The commodity crunch: value at risk from deforestation


[3] Formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP provides the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.


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