MTCC sees 21% rise in new certified timber firms

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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 20): The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) has registered 59 new certified timber companies via the Chain of Costody (CoC) certification in 2015, a 21% increase compared to a year earlier, which marks it as the third highest increase globally in the number of CoC-certified companies that year.

In a statement, MTCC chief executive officer Yong Teng Koon said the council was recently honoured with an award from the Programme for the Endorsement for Forest Certification, the world's largest forest certification scheme, for the achievement.

Yong said by obtaining the CoC certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), timber and timber-related companies do not only help protect the forest, but also gain a better market position and positive brand image for their products.

There is also the added advantage of improved access to the global market.

Yong said the importance of implementing sustainable forest management practices is to ensure that the three pillars of sustainability, covering the social, environmental and economic aspects, are "adequately addressed in a balance manner".

"Sustainable forest management provides multiple benefits, not only in terms of mitigating climate change, but also in safeguarding biodiversity and other ecological and social services," he added.

MTCS is recognised under the Malaysia Green Building Index and other Green Building Systems in Singapore, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The certification scheme is also recognised by the national government procurement policies in Denmark, the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

MTCC added that moving forward, it will collaborate with key industry stakeholders on strengthening timber certification across the timber supply chain, from forest managers to manufacturers and exporters.