Preferred by Nature applies the LegalSource Standard which sets out the LegalSource requirements for producing and sourcing legally harvested timber. The LegalSource Standard is also used for supplier evaluations and for benchmarking companies' own sourcing policies and due diligence systems, including identification of potential gaps compared to the EUTR or other legislations. The LegalSource Standard has been developed in line with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards, where transparency and stakeholder involvement are high on the agenda.
Preferred by Nature (Previously NEPCon) is a non-profit organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a global network that promotes and delivers sustainability certification services.
Remarks: By the integration of the Rainforest Alliance certification business in October 1, 2018 (including all related services, personnel and clients) to Nepcon, the former timber legality verification systems VLO/VLC proposed by Rainforest Alliance is not existing anymore for wood and forest products.
Without FLEGT or CITES licence, LegalSource certification is no “green lane” to the European Union. Importers of LegalSource timber products need to prove they implemented a due diligence, where they may use LegalSource procedures.