MONTEREY – Cumberland Container announced today it has achieved certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) 2019-2024 Chain-of-Custody Standard.
Growing numbers of consumers want assurance that their buying decisions represent a sound environmental choice. They are asking for proof that wood, paper and packaging products are made with raw materials from certified forest content, certified sourcing or recycled content. SFI’s Chain-of-Custody Standard and associated labels deliver a reliable and credible mechanism so businesses can provide this assurance to customers.
“Certification to the SFI Chain-of-custody Standard means our customers know they are supporting sustainable forest management when they choose Cumberland Container to provide their corrugated packaging needs,” said Mark Jared, director of Cumberland Container. “We are proud to display the SFI label on our products which shows we are contributing to the protection of water quality, conservation of wildlife habitat and biodiversity and so much more.”
The SFI 2019-2024 Chain-of-Custody Standard is an accounting system that tracks forest fiber content (certified forest content, certified sourcing and recycled content) through production and manufacturing to the end product. Companies can use chain-of-custody certification to track and communicate forest fiber content using one of three optional approaches for chain-of-custody: physical separation, average percentage and the volume credit method. To achieve certification, companies must be audited by an independent third party to the SFI 2019-2024 Chain-of-Custody Standard.
“By choosing to certify to the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard, Cumberland Container is telling forest managers it values their commitment to sustainable forest management, and it is telling its customers they can be part of the solution,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.
“SFI chain-of-custody certification means we will be able to meet the increasing market demand for forest products from responsible corrugated cardboard sources, which is good for our business and good for our forests,” said Randy Swallows, sales manager. “Our products meet and exceed our customers’ high expectations, and this enhances the sustainability efforts of our clients and community.”
Started in 1969 with five employees and a small amount of used equipment, Cumberland Container is celebrating its 50thAnniversary and has grown to over 260,000 square feet of production and warehousing space with a workforce of over 85 dedicated employees and an incredible array of state-of-the-art technology, including the new Baysek c-170 Flatbed Die Cutter and the Apstar Flexo Folder Gluer, the first of its kind in North America featuring one pass one-color inside and three-color outside print capacity. Cumberland Container has been and remains committed to providing excellence in corrugated packaging for the Tennessee, Southern and Middle Kentucky, Northern Georgia and Northern Alabama areas, and our five decades of experience have given us expertise and understanding crucial in meeting our customers’ packaging needs.
About the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative®(SFI) is a sustainability leader that stands for future forests. SFI®is an independent, non-profit organization that provides supply chain assurances, produces conservation outcomes, and supports education and community engagement. SFI works with the forest sector, brand owners, conservation groups, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local communities, Indigenous peoples, governments, and universities. SFI standards and on-product labels help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. Additionally, they oversee the SFI Forest Partners®Program, which aims to increase supply of certified forest products, the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, which funds research and community building, and Project Learning Tree®, which educates teachers and youth about forests and the environment. SFI Inc. is governed by an independent three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social, and economic sectors equally. SFI believes caring for forests improves everyone’s quality of life.