Compliance and quality control for timber products
"Over the course of a long-term partnership with DoubleHelix,
Simmonds has won major sales opportunities in the highly competitive Australian market for outdoor decking. We've been able to generate trust and credibility through DoubleHelix services that show beyond doubt that we only source from well managed, legal forest concessions."
- Simmonds Group, Australia
Some Of Our Clients Include
Can Your Business Keep Up With The Regulations?
How do you fulfil all your due diligence obligations AND grow your business?
Due Diligence System
Do you know the first step to setting up a due diligence process that works?
Assess Supplier Risk
The regulations don't always specify how to do this - can you ensure compliance from each supplier?
Know Local Regulations
You'd also need to know the regulations in each country of harvest and production...
If you can identify all the risks, how do you take steps to mitigate them - continuously?
And how do you present evidence of due diligence to authorities? How much is enough?
And which specific documents and records need to be verified... and translated!
Can you question and verify your suppliers without hurting your relationship with them?
Store & Manage Data
Then you'd have to figure out how to keep accessible records of all this data you've gathered.
AND Keep Growing
And you'd have to build a new department to handle all this - without taking your eye off growth.
If you import timber products in the following countries,
due diligence regulations apply to you.
Here's What The Full Solution Looks Like
This is how your business could navigate the uncertain terrain...
Understand the new regulations you are subject to.
2. Go Local
Understand the legal requirements in the countries you source from
Adequately address and mitigate any risks that are found
Continually monitor effective risk mitigation
5. Document Everything
Have evidence of Due Diligence available for your next compliance audit
Here's The Science Behind It
A scientific approach provides unrivalled assurance of product claims, and demonstrates best-practice due diligence.
DNA can be extracted from timber products and tested for:
1. Barcoding (identify species)
2. Phylogeography (identify country or region of origin)
3. Fingerprinting (identify individual trees)
DNA is extracted and compared to a reference database. In the case of fingerprinting, DNA from product is compared with DNA taken from log or stump.
Trees absorb different levels of chemical isotopes from the air, water and soil depending on the geographic location.
Isotope tests identify the ratio of chemicals present which are then assessed against a known database.
Wood anatomists can determine the genus or sometimes the species of wood by examining features in the wood's structure. In cases where a species or genus is endemic to a particular geographic location, a determination of origin can be made.
Case Study - Brooks Bros, UK
One of the UK's leading suppliers of timber products, Brooks Bros (UK) Ltd, wanted to provide unambiguous assurance of Western European origin and legality for their oak flooring products sourced from China. They also wanted to clearly communicate their market-leading actions to their customers and stakeholders.
Supply Chain Transparency AND
1. DoubleHelix started with a desk-based and on-site risk assessment to map out the supply chain and identify any risks.
2. We used a local, bilingual team based in Beijing, supported by staff in Singapore to ensure good communication with both the Chinese supplier and the Brooks Bros (UK) team.
3. To mitigate risk of non-European oak entering the supply chain, isotope testing is now applied to provide independent, scientific evidence and assurance of Western European origin.
4. Based on knowledge of local Chinese regulations, we ensure compliance with manufacturing and export regulations through a customized verification process of document checks for every consignment.
5. Every step of risk assessment, risk mitigation and supplier engagement is carefully documented so that evidence of due diligence is always available, integrated into the Brooks Bros’ existing Due Diligence System.
But I Can Just Do It On My Own... Right?
The regulations don’t provide you with a checklist of how to guarantee compliance.
You’ll need to manage the complexity of the legal requirements across the many countries you’re sourcing your materials from. This creates uncertainty and stress.
It means you have to collect a ton of evidence to demonstrate compliance across all of your supply chains. Even then, you can’t be entirely sure...
We're Serious About Transparency.
In 2018, we verified 4,100 containers of product
We operate in 22 different countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas
We work in 10 different languages
Our Associations and Partnerships
That's Why We Created Nature's Barcode.
You’ll want an accredited, independent entity that knows exactly what it takes to demonstrate due diligence when the authoritiesarrive, and protects your supplier relationships.
Flexibility to buy from non-certified, but responsible sources like local communities and farmers.
Marketing support to communicate the unique story of your products.
Affordable pay-as-you-go model allows you to manage compliance costs.