Boise Cascade Wood Products, LLC (Boise Cascade) is committed to continually achieve compliance to several credible certification standards, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), and the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) standards by employing management practices throughout company operations and extending these practices to other forest landowners by promoting sustainable forestry and contributing to continuous improvement of science through research.
Boise Cascade is also committed to implementing the chain of custody system under the standards we participate in, for our fiber procurement and manufacturing operations. Boise Cascade implements best efforts to avoid purchase wood that originates from illegal sources, fiber harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights, wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities, wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use, wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted, or wood from old growth forests. When conducting harvesting operations in forests that contain threatened and endangered species and communities, Boise Cascade complies with all laws and regulations to protect these species and communities. Our procurement personnel are responsible for tracking the geographic origin, legality, and certification status of fiber purchased for our production facilities.
Boise Cascade is committed to sourcing wood material from responsibly managed sources. In addition to the SFI, PEFC and FSC Standards, Boise Cascade recognizes and promotes certification to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), American Tree Farm System (ATFS) Standards, and logger and point-of-harvest certification.
To achieve our goals for Sustainable Forestry, the company has developed a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and/or procedures to guide its management practices. These documents are supported by a regional Evidence Summary and an Evidence File. Company programs work in concert with, and are supported by applicable international, federal, state laws and regulations, other internal guidelines, and state defined guidelines and Best Management Practices (BMPs).
As established by the company Environmental Commitment, the company operations will comply with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including social laws addressing civil rights, equal employment opportunities, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment measures, worker’s compensation, indigenous peoples, worker and community right-to-know, prevailing wage laws, workers right-to-organize and occupational health and safety, and workers protection standards.
In keeping with its stewardship responsibility and commitment to society, recognizing the importance of maintaining viable commercial, family forest, and conservation of forestland bases, Boise Cascade has adopted the following set of written polices to guide its programs, procedures, and management practices.
- Boise Cascade will promote the practice of sustainable forestry to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs by practicing a land stewardship ethic that integrates reforestation and the managing, growing, nurturing, and harvesting of trees for useful products with the conservation of soil, air and water quality, biological diversity, wildlife and aquatic habitat, cultural resources, recreation, and aesthetics.
- Boise Cascade will promote management practices to protect and maintain long-term forest and soil productivity, by promoting the protection of the forest land base from damaging agents such as wildfire, pests, invasive species and diseases, to maintain and improve long-term forest health, productivity, and economic viability
- Boise Cascade requires best management practices that provide protection for water bodies and riparian zones on all purchase stumpage and log purchase harvests.
- Boise Cascade will encourage other forest landowners to protect lands of special significance in a manner that takes into account their unique qualities and to promote a diversity of wildlife habitats, forest types, and ecological or natural community types.
- Boise Cascade will promote among other forestry enterprises management practices that minimize visual impacts of forest operations and enhance recreational opportunities.
- Boise Cascade will encourage protection of forest and lands of special significance, including ecological, geological, and cultural values.
- Boise Cascade will promote among other forest landowners sustainable forestry practices that are both scientifically credible and economically, environmentally, and socially responsible.
- Boise Cascade will conduct all operations to comply with applicable international, federal, provincial, state, and local forestry, environmental, and social laws, statutes, and regulations.
- Boise Cascade will provide support for forestry and natural resource science and research.
- Boise Cascade will work individually and through cooperative efforts to improve training and landowner educational materials and opportunities.
- Boise Cascade will broaden the practice of sustainable forestry through community involvement and socially responsible business practices.
- Boise Cascade will make summaries of independent third-party audits available through certification program mechanisms.
- Boise Cascade will promote continual improvement in the practice of sustainable forestry and monitor, measure and report performance in achieving the commitment to sustainable forestry.
- Boise Cascade will take steps to avoid sourcing fiber from controversial sources, areas without effective social laws and wood harvested illegally.
- Boise Cascade is committed to implement the SFI®, PEFC™, and FSC® Chain-of-Custody Forest Products Standards at designated locations for the purpose of communicating fiber sourcing and certification attributes to our customers. Boise Cascade will employ dedicated accounting and fiber tracking systems to ensure accurate information is passed along with our products to customers. Boise Cascade will also implement an ongoing control system to test, review, and report the integrity of the data. Boise Cascade will utilize a Management Review Process to evaluate effectiveness of our Chain-of-Custody systems and drive continuous improvement.
Approved: March 7, 2015
Chief Executive Officer
Boise Cascade Policy 10.4: Sustainable Forestry Implementation