Our Sourcing Policy

Rosenfeld Kidson acknowledges the importance of conserving the world’s greatest renewable resource.

We source our specialist timbers from suppliers around the globe who are committed to the responsible and sustainable management of the forest resource in which they operate.  Primarily we work to secure supply from sources that are known to be both legal and well-managed.

As founding members of both the NZTIA (New Zealand Timber Importers’ Association) and NZITTG (New Zealand International Timber Trade Group) we are bound to source our timbers from those parts of the world where sound environmental forestry policies are practiced and where sustainable yield management of the region’s forests is the aim.


The primary objective for third party environmental certification bodies is to prevent deforestation. How do they achieve this objective? By auditing forest operations to a prescribed set of standards that ensure a sustainable, fair, and safe employment alternative for local populations from where the timber is sourced. When these opportunities are not given, local populations may have to resort to other forms of employment, such as illegal forestry, slash and burn agriculture and mining. These are practices that are very destructive to the environment and often do not respect indigenous landowner rights or employ health and safety to international standards.

By providing sustainable, safe and fair employment opportunities, environmentally certified timber operations prevent deforestation. 

Rosenfeld Kidson is New Zealand’s largest stockist of environmentally certified imported timbers.  Certification schemes such as FSC®, PEFC™, OLB, AFS, MTCS, SFI, CSA, and ATFS provide us and our customers with an independent and globally recognised assurance that the resource is being managed responsibly.

Rosenfeld Kidson & Co. Ltd holds FSC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification for the purchase, storage and sale of timber from FSC 100% and FSC MIX sources.  FSC Certificate No. SGSHK-COC-006703 refers.

We also hold PEFC CoC certification. PEFC registration no. SGS-PEFC/01-31-159 refers. Independent, third party audited CoC certification provides designers, specifiers and consumers assurance that those forest and wood products labelled as FSC or PEFC do in fact originate from legal sources, which are managed to prescribed social, economic and environmental standards.

Explore the range of hardwood and softwood timbers we stock in our timber species guide or ask us for advice on our timber species. Contact us

For more detail, see below for a list of the FSC principals by which forest management companies and companies that hold chain of custody certification, must adhere to:

Principle 1: The Organisation shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations and nationally ratified international treaties, conventions, and agreements.

Principle 2: The Organisation shall maintain or enhance the social and economic wellbeing of workers. 

Principle 3: The Organisation shall identify and uphold Indigenous Peoples’ legal and customary rights of ownership, use and management of land, territories and resources affected by management activities.

Principle 4: The Organisation shall contribute to maintaining or enhancing the social and economic wellbeing of local communities.

Principle 5: The Organisation shall efficiently manage the range of multiple products and services of the Management Unit to maintain or enhance long term economic viability and the range of environmental and social benefits.

Principle 6: The Organisation shall maintain, conserve and/or restore ecosystem services and environmental values of the Management Unit, and shall avoid, repair, or mitigate negative environmental impacts.

Principle 7: The Organisation shall have a management plan consistent with its policies and objectives and proportionate to scale, intensity and risks of its management activities. The management plan shall be implemented and kept up to date based on monitoring information to promote adaptive management. The associated planning and procedural documentation shall be sufficient to guide staff, inform affected stakeholders and interested stakeholders and to justify management decisions.

Principle 8: The Organisation shall demonstrate that, progress towards achieving the management objectives, the impacts of management activities and the condition of the Management Unit, are monitored and evaluated proportionate to the scale, intensity, and risk of management activities, to implement adaptive management.

Principle 9: The Organisation shall maintain and/or enhance the High Conservation Values in the Management Unit through applying the precautionary approach. 

Principle 10: Management activities conducted by or for The Organisation for the Management Unit shall be selected and implemented consistent with The Organisation’s economic, environmental, and social policies and objectives and in
compliance with the Principles and Criteria collectively.