As the prime mover of the Philippine furniture industry, the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines, Inc. (CFIP) supports programs that resists and combat illegal sourcing of wood materials.
Thus, under the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan of the European Commission (EU), a draft “Guidebook on Requirements for Chain of Custody Systems and Monitoring Compliance in the Philippines” is formed by CFIP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The Guidebook wants to provide the timber (and furniture) industry a methodology to establish a chain of custody and for the market to have a consistent and reliable due diligence system for compliance to EUTR (European Union Timber Regulation) requirements.
To be more particular, the Guidebook wants to provide:
(1) a proposed chain of custody system and due diligence system, for companies and buyers, respectively;
(2) an identification of chain of custody controls and procedures based on Philippine regulations and;
(3) the independent assessors’ procedures for compliance monitoring.
For more information about the FAO FLEGT Programme, visit programme informational.