Pacific Prince Investments Inc. was founded in 1990 by the husband-and-wife team of Mr. Muhammad Amir and the late Ms. Shaheen Zafar in North Vancouver, B.C..
Under its tradename, SPF Precut Lumber, the company would evolve into one of Western Canada's largest exporters of pallet stock and Canadian dimension lumber to the United States, Middle East, Far East, Southeast Asia, and Europe. With such a widespread global presence, SPF Precut Lumber has a reputation for its on-time delivery of on-grade lumber at competitive prices to the highest levels of customer satisfaction. SPF Precut Lumber has been recognized in various publications including BCBusiness, Business Without Borders, The Vancouver Sun, Canadian Wood Products Magazine, and Canadian Immigrant. SPF Precut Lumber is notably a rare, multiple-year winner of the BC Export Award, capturing the award in 2008 and 2010. At the 2011 BC Export Awards, BC Premier Christy Clark recognized SPF Precut Lumber as “making a difference in people’s lives” by being “one of the largest exporters of pallet stock and Canadian dimension lumber”. In addition, SPF Precut Lumber was honoured on the national stage for its widespread international business success as a finalist in the “Leadership in International Trade – Asia-Pacific” award category at the inaugural 2011 HSBC International Business Awards, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Most recently, SPF Precut Lumber President, Muhammad Amir, was selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2011 Ernst and Young 'Entrepreneur of the Year' award.
Environmental mission and strategy (ESG)
As a market leader of Canadian lumber exports, SPF Precut Lumber has a vested interest in environmental sustainability and the renewability of natural resources throughout Canada. Global markets have also shown increasingly keen intent to consume wood-based products from sustainably-managed forests, as part of their own commitment to environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility.
It is this interest in stakeholders throughout the supply chain that has inspired SPF Precut Lumber to be certified in compliance with the PEFC ST 2002:2013 - Chain Of Custody Of Forest Based Products - Requirements in order to better promote environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and progressive forestry management throughout the Canadian lumber industry.
The PEFC™ Chain of Custody (COC) is a process for tracking forest products from their place of origin through all stages of transfer and production to the final consumer as an end product.
The PEFC™ standard provides a mechanism to track wood from certified forests and from uncertified and/or recycled sources. If the place of origin is certified then a chain of custody can provide an assurance that wood and wood-based products originate from sustainably managed forests. The PEFC™ standard also provides an assurance that any uncertified wood is not from controversial sources.
Chain of custody:
Tracks wood flows at any stage of production – through harvesting, transporting, handling or processing – from the forest through to the final customer;
Has minimum management system requirements including documentation;
Identifies the origin of certified content through appropriate documentation;
Has the ability to track certified content, uncertified content and recycled content in the fibre supply;
Requires risk assessment for uncertified content to avoid wood from controversial sources; and
Requires independent third-party audits by an accredited certification body.