- What are the benefits of the Book Chain Project and how does it work?
Have a look at our page explaining how it works.
- How much does it cost to be involved with the Book Chain Project?
Project fees vary according to the tools you’d like to use. There is also a discount for using all three. Here are the latest project fees.
- What parts of the Book Chain Project can suppliers access?
As a supplier you can access each of the three elements of the Book Chain Project: PREPS for responsible paper sourcing, PIPS for product chemical safety, and PRELIMS for supplier labour and environmental standards. Access to PIPS and PRELIMS is free for suppliers because you are asked to submit data to the systems. There is a small fee to access the paper sourcing data on PREPS. Here are the latest fees.
- What data will I be asked to supply to the Book Chain Project?
The PREPS tool is the most relevant part of the Book Chain Project for paper manufacturers because it concerns the forest sources used in paper production. Manufacturers will be asked to supply the pulp and forest source information for the paper brands listed on the database – this includes the tree species in each pulp, their countries of harvest, and any associated certifications such as FSC or PEFC.
Paper and board brands are listed on the database if the publishers are currently buying them, or will potentially buy them in the future.
Paper manufacturers will be given their own personal user accounts, giving them easy access to the database to manage their data directly.
- How will my data be used?
The information you supply will be used by Carnstone to risk assess the forest sources and ‘grade’ each paper brand (see our page explaingin how it works for more detail on the risk assessment process). These grades will be visible to the publisher and supplier users on the database who will use the information to inform their paper buying decisions.
- Who will see my data?
All of your pulp and forest source information is password protected and only accessible to the participating publishers and suppliers. Even the most senior level of publisher user cannot see information on pulp supplier names or FSC/PEFC certificate numbers. These are cross-checked by Carnstone against the FSC and PEFC online certificate databases, but then hidden from all other users.
- What are the benefits to me of providing information to the Book Chain Project?
Using the Book Chain Project saves you time and makes your products visible to all of the publishing and printing companies involved with the initiative.
Submitting data to Book Chain once immediately answers the requests from all of the companies involved, avoiding duplication and saving you time.
With your products listed on the database they become visible to all of the companies involved. All of your products will be fully searchable by brand name and technical specifications, making them more accessible to the publishers and suppliers using the system.
- What happens when the pulps or forest sources in my papers change?
We will be in touch with you every 12 months to check that your information is correct. If you would like to update your data in the interim, then you can login to the database at any time and submit new forest sources for assessment.