Timber Chain has been launched to provide a new level of reassurance to all levels of the timber supply chain.

Environmental non-profit organisation Preferred by Nature and blockchain-inspired identity platform iov42 have announced the launch of Timber Chain, a new service that will enable stakeholders across timber supply chains to improve efficiency, transparency and security through a secure blockchain application, storing all information in one place. By combining blockchain technology, third-party certification, and market knowledge, the Timber Chain modernises traceability; introducing real-time digital data recording, replacing traditional, paper-based processes which are labour intensive and often prone to human error.

The Timber Chain service has been built to improve and secure the interactions between all stakeholders across the supply chain from forest to shelf. The security, productivity, and sustainability of international timber markets are too often affected by corruption and the fragmented nature of the industry, impacted further by outdated methods for information gathering and verification. Through Timber Chain, all data and claims are checked and certified by a reputable third party.

All data is stored and secured by iov42’s distributed ledger technology, ensuring complete data integrity and confidence by utilising blockchain; a system of recording information in a way that makes it impossible to change, hack, or cheat the system.

The new application was first piloted by global wood trader of over 30 years, Carl Ronnow, who will continue using the Timber Chain following its launch as a full service. Having appreciated the increased levels of transparency and security provided by the new platform, Timber Chain will continue to equip Carl Ronnow with a much improved and modern avenue to meet their commitment to providing comprehensive due diligence to their buyers, supported by third party audits.

Preferred by Nature and iov42 plan to expand the service to accommodate other forest and agriculture commodities across Preferred by Nature’s areas of expertise.

Adam Grant, Preferred by Nature’s Head of Market Development, comments: “We are excited to evolve our services to real time, immutable and transparent data controls offering ‘frictionless due diligence’ to all of our clients.”

iov42 CEO Dominic von Trotha Taylor continues:Timber Chain is an excellent example of what is possible when two different industries come together to address a real world issue,  in this case, the transparency, efficiency, and resiliency of international timber markets. Integrating our identity-centric, trust building technology with Preferred by Nature’s expertise in certification will establish a new standard for supply chain management. We look forward to expanding this service for a number of high-risk commodities.”

An introductory webinar to the Timber Chain service and its founding partners is scheduled for Wednesday 30th June.