What is a Forest Compliance Audit?
A compliance audit involves a comprehensive review of a company’s adherence to regulatory guidelines in light of the company’s internal working structure and business procedures. An independent audit firm carries out a complete check of all company operations to make sure everything is according to the compliance requirements set out in the company’s policy and procedures manuals.
Why is a Forest Compliance Audit Important?
Timber is used in the manufacture of a multitude of everyday items that are a big part of our day-to-day lives. If you look around, there are probably a number of items that are made from timber. Your home, floors, tables, chairs, lamps, fireplace mantel, cupboards, calendars, doors, photo frames, books, receipts and so on. None of this would exist without a thriving timber industry and a healthy forest.This is why it is important that foresters, producers and companies all follow standardized policies to ensure that best practices are followed across the board. Having a compliance framework helps in forest management, forest health, and sustainability.
How Does a Forest Compliance Audit Work?
A compliance audit involves verification and confirmation that all company standards are being followed. Practices for promoting rich soil, avoiding soil erosion, balancing carbon emissions, keeping the forest ecosystem intact and adjusting to weather conditions are some of the things that are checked for during a compliance audit.The audit ensures that the best practices established through years of experience and study are being followed.
Here are some of the activities performed in a compliance audit on timber companies:
- Assess, evaluate and report errors on timber sources provided by timber companies.
- Review timber records to determine the level of compliance with pertinent Acts, Regulations, and Legislation.
- Monitor existing guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), policies and frameworks to ensure everything is being followed by the various parties involved in operations.
- Develop and improve existing SOP’s to improve business operations.
- Interviewing senior management as well as field staff to get down to the bottom of any compliance related issues.
How Can We Help?
As a forestry audit services company that has been operating for over 25 years, Dendro Resource Management Inc. has the experience and expertise of conducting a comprehensive compliance audit for all players involved in the timber industry. We have offered our services to foresters, producers and companies alike and saved our clients from enormous headaches that are caused by failing to adhere to timber industry compliance frameworks.
So, if you are looking for a trustworthy and reputed company to conduct a compliance audit, get in touch with us today and one of our audit experts will be there to assist you!