Reduce supply chain risk, reinforce customer confidence, and maintain strong market presence with third-party verification of wood product sources by SCS. Our LegalHarvest™ standard is the most robust timber traceability and legality verification option in the market today.
SCS LegalHarvest™ verification is applicable for Forest Management, Chain of Custody and Multi-Sites. Verification confirms the legal right to harvest, process, transport, and export wood products, no matter where your operations are located. Demonstrate your compliance with the US Lacey Act, the European Union Timber Regulation, the Australia Illegal Logging Prohibition Act, and other similar requirements.
LegalHarvest™ Verification is available to forest managers, sawmills, pulp mills, secondary manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and groups of associated organizations as well as entire supply chains.
In addition, SCS provides certification to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards, verifies carbon footprints, and conducts Carbon Offset Verification. Wood products may also qualify for SCS Recycled Content, SCS Indoor Advantage indoor air quality or SCS CARB Formaldehyde Compliance (CARB ATCM) certification.
Pre-Assessment (Optional)SCS can help identify potential gaps and map supply chains within the scope of the assessment.
The SCS assessment team reviews all submitted documentation – such as management plans, licenses, tax receipts, operating procedures, and transport records – to ensure that the applicant and audit team are prepared for the assessment.
During the on-site visit, an SCS auditor reviews quality procedures, documentation, and records, tours harvesting areas and processing facilities, and conducts interviews with staff and regulatory authorities.
SCS provides a complete report, detailing all observations and findings for each requirement of the standard.
An SCS technical associate reviews the report, validating the appropriateness of the auditor's methodology and conclusions.
Once the report is finalized, SCS makes a verification decision. Successful clients are issued a LegalHarvest™ Verification Statement. If verification is granted, your organization is registered on the SCS Forestry Certificates Directory as a program participant, and you receive label and language use guidelines and other materials to assist in marketing communications.
Annual surveillance audits are required to maintain verification.
The LegalHarvest™ standard was developed by SCS based on decades of expertise in wood product legality verification, forest management and chain of custody. It integrates key aspects of wood product legality requirements from around the world into one standard, so you can be assured that your company has the documentation and evidence needed to uphold the traceability and legality of your timber sourcing, no matter where your operations are located.
Only governments can determine whether you are in compliance with their laws. LegalHarvest™ verification will provide your organization with valuable documentation and tools to uphold the legality of your products to government authorities.
Costs vary depending on the location, size, and complexity of your operations and supply chain. Please contact us for a custom quote and to determine if LegalHarvest™ Verification is right for you.
SCS Global Services has been a leader in wood product legality verifications, responsible forestry management and chain of custody assessments for three decades. SCS has auditors all over the world, and can design a coordinated effort to verify your timber sourcing and trading operation in an efficient and cost-effective manner.