The Importance of Chain-Of-Custody

Graphic Communications has recently renewed our long-standing commitment to the three major Chain-of-Custody standards: Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).

Why is Chain-of-Custody such a critical consideration to a paper sourcing policy? It certifies that the fiber used in paper making is traced from its originating forest through the manufacturing process to its final step of printing and distribution.  Furthermore, Chain-of-Custody certification provides an assurance that the wood fiber used to make paper has been legally sourced and that protections are afforded to water quality, bio diversity, species at risk, and indigenous peoples rights,  which all support  forest regeneration – paper is, after all, manufactured from a renewable resource.  Given the immense value forests provide from an economic, social and environmental perspective, it is critical to protect this renewable resource for future generations.

Graphic Communications helps shape environmental procurement policies, optimizes print programs for sustainability, and assists with legal sourcing compliance. A Fiber Sourcing policy helps ensure that your company has procurement procedures and practices that are defensible, actionable and responsible. Chain-of-Custody certification helps takes that policy to a higher level and helps insulate your brand from scrutiny. We can help you improve your sustainability position—enhancing your brand, and often making your paper spend more efficient.

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Ralph O’Connor leads Environmental Affairs at Graphic Communications, a business of Veritiv. Graphic Communications is a leading paper and print supplier that provides a complete array of solutions to fit all your paper and print program needs. Our team of paper, environmental, postal and print experts can help our clients drive compliance to ensure their brand integrity, all while giving them their best total package solutions. Learn more at