York manages its plantations to high environmental standards in order to give its stakeholders and customers the assurance that its products come from responsibly managed sources. It has chosen one of the largest international independent and credible certification schemes – the Forest Stewardship Council (www.ic.fsc.org) – to certify its operations and products.

York Timbers (Pty) Ltd holds the following FSC certificates:

SGS-FM/COC-000809 Lic. No. FSC-C002336 – Forest Management
SGS-COC-008395 Lic. No. FSC-C104269 – Chain of Custody
SGS-COC-000748 Lic. No. FSC-C010387 – Plywood Mill
SGS-COC-000146 Lic. No. FSC-C015794 – Sawmills Multi-site

The following Product Groups are available under the Forest Management and Chain of Custody Certifications:

York Site Input Output

Transfer System

FSC 100% Pine

FSC 100% Eucalyptus

Controlled Wood

FSC 100% Pine

FSC 100% Eucalyptus

FSC Controlled Wood


Credit System


FSC 100% Pine

FSC Controlled Wood

FSC Mix Pine Sawn Timber

FSC Mix Chips


Credit System

FSC 100% Pine

FSC Controlled Wood

FSC Mix Pine Plywood

FSC Mix Pine Veneer

The above products are made available from various pine species (Pinus spp.) and eucalyptus species (Eucalyptus spp.)

The Environmental Officer is the appointed Management Representative to ensure that the FSC standard, FSC-STD-01-001 (FSC Principles and Criteria), FSC-STD-40-004 (Chain of Custody), and FSC- STD- 40-005 (Controlled Wood) are fully implemented and maintained.

Controlled Wood Policy

As a responsible user and producer of controlled wood and certified wood products, York Timbers (Pty) Ltd has committed itself to ensure that we enforce the pre-requisites of the FSC Chain of Custody.

To this end we will exclude processing wood harvested from the following categories:

  • Wood harvested from forest areas where traditional or civil rights are violated
  • Wood harvested from non FSC-certified forests areas having high conservation values which are being threatened
  • Wood harvested from genetically modified (GM) trees
  • Illegally harvested wood
  • Natural forest that have been converted to plantations or non-forest use.

To effect this policy York Timbers will comply with the procedures outlined in Annexure 1.

View the Controlled Wood Policy [430 kb]

Procedure for dealing with the Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-40-005)

York Timbers will:

  • Have one person appointed in writing who is responsible for ensuring the FSC Controlled Wood requirements are met, according to FSC-STD-40-005
  • Ensure that all key personnel (employees and contractors) understand their role in controlling incoming shipments of round wood. The company will identify, provide and document any necessary training for staff.
  • Identify and record documents that show compliance with the applicable requirements of the standard;
  • Verify that for all foreign suppliers of wood species listed in Annex 1, 2 or 3 of CITES (See www.cites.org), all applicable licenses and permits are accompanied with trading documents.
  • Have a publicly-available written commitment to control specified wood sources in order to avoid material that comes from any of the five categories listed above in the controlled wood policy.
  • Keep a list of all incoming wood and fiber that the company wishes to control. This list should include species, volume, country, district of origin, and the name and address of the supplier.
  • Establish a system to ensure that uncontrolled wood is not mixed with wood that is controlled in accordance with the requirements outlined in FSC-STD-40-005 and with wood that is FSC certified. Preference will be given to sources of FSC certified wood.
  • Implement a company verification program of their wood suppliers;
  • Assess the risk of their suppliers in accordance to the requirements specified in FSC-STD-40-005 (see Controlled Wood Risk Assessment)
  • Timber in South Africa from legal sources are considered as low risk in terms of the controlled wood standard.
  • Implement a complaints mechanism to address evidence related to its risk assessment conclusions. This is the Safety Health and Environmental Request (SHEAR) procedure.

View the Controlled Wood Risk Assessments [333 kb]