CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION: Providing credentials for entering sustainable markets
FSC chain of custody certification verifies that FSC-certified material has been identified and separated from non-certified and non-controlled material as it makes its way along the supply chain from A all the way through to B. To achieve chain of custody certification, your business must meet FSC-STD-40-004 Chain of Custody Certification standard.
WHY SHOULD I BECOME FSC CERTIFIED?
Demonstrating your responsible forest supply chain management
The future of the world’s forests is very important – to the planet, to animals, to businesses, to all of us.
That’s why FSC certification exists. Whether you’re a forest manager, product manufacturer, retailer, or any number of other kinds of company, you can apply for FSC certification.
Being FSC certified means that your forest, or supply chain, is managed responsibly; that you comply with our environmental, social, and economic standards. This covers much more than the trees themselves – among other things, it makes sure that local communities are respected, protects the habitats of endangered plant and animal species, and ensures workers are properly paid. When you become certified, your product can carry an FSC label. It is a trusted symbol that shows consumers and businesses that you are sustainably managing either your forest, by preserving it for future generations, or supply chain operations. It is public recognition of your responsibility.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER FSC CERTIFICATION FOR MY BUSINESS
1. Certification raises industry standards in forest management
FSC certification is the only framework supported by environmental NGOs such as Greenpeace1 and WWF. It sets a benchmark for all forestry organizations and communities.
1The following national Greenpeace offices are FSC members: Greenpeace Finland, Greenpeace USA, Greenpeace Canada, Greenpeace China, Greenpeace New Zealand
2. Certification creates tangible economic benefits for your business
As public and private sector organizations around the world increasingly enforce stringent requirements on environmentally responsible procurement practices, becoming FSC certified gives forest owners and timber producers access to new markets and a stronger, more diverse customer base, creating higher revenues.
3. Certification creates stronger links between your business and your customers
Being FSC certified gives your brand credibility, as customers can be confident of the responsible origins of your products. It also enhances your corporate reputation and creates new marketing opportunities.
4. Certification protects forest ecosystems and helps fight climate change
FSC prohibits illegal logging, forest degradation, and deforestation in certified areas. By becoming certified, you will be doing your bit to protect forest ecosystems and reduce the impact of climate change.
5. Certification ensures you will be up to date with government requirements A growing number of countries and regions, including: the European Union, the USA, and Australia have legislation banning the use and trade of illegally harvested timber and products made from it. Respecting these laws is the foundation of FSC certification, so you will greatly reduce your risk of exposure to illegal timber.
SCOPE OF CONSULTANCY
Whether you are in construction, retail, packaging, or paper and publishing, using FSC-certified wood could significantly benefit your business.
Construction: find out about the advantages of using FSC-certified wood to meet market demand for sustainable construction.
Retail: find out how FSC-certified products can help you provide consumers with the transparency they expect in your supply chains.
Packaging: find out about the benefits of choosing FSC-certified paper-based packaging.
Paper and publishing: find out how FSC ensures the paper and publishing industries satisfy their needs for paper responsibly.
Our consultancy practices are built on the implementation of standardized, documented, and transparent intake and review processes built on the three E’s:
- Efficacy – Administration of a standard intake and review process for sustainability claims creates consistency and quality throughout the entire process. Our experience shows that standardization of procedures continually improves the efficacy and value of the program to the client and its customers.
- Efficiency – Application of a clear, uniform process assessment of sustainability claims introduces efficiency into the review process, resulting in minimal intrusion into a client’s operations.
- Economy – Our consultancy services assessment programs are designed to be cost-effective while maintaining optimal technical rigor and efficiency. Adding unnecessary cost burdens to a client is counterproductive to attaining maximum environmental benefits.
We take up FSC/PEFC consultancy globally for the following industries:
- Paper Mills
- Printing & Packaging
- Plywood Manufacturer
- Timber Importers
- Sports Good manufacturer
FSC LABELS – DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?
What it means when you see the FSC label on a product
FSC labels can be found on millions of products around the world: from toilet roll to your favorite book, that milk carton in your fridge, and other food products. What does it all mean?
Simply put, by choosing products with FSC labels, you are helping to take care of the world’s forests.
There are three types of FSC on-product labels.
The FSC 100% label means that the wood within the product comes completely from FSC-certified well-managed forests.
The FSC Recycled label means all the wood or paper in the product comes from reclaimed (re-used) material.
3. FSC Mix
The FSC Mix label means the wood within the product is from FSC-certified forests, recycled material, or controlled wood. While not FSC certified, controlled wood cannot be:
- illegally harvested;
- harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;
- harvested in forests where high conservation values (HCVs) are threatened;
- harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use;
- harvested in forests where genetically modified trees are planted.
WHY ARE THERE THREE FSC LABELS
The great thing about the FSC on-product labels is that once you know about them, you will see them everywhere. But the sourcing of wood is complex, and we need to carefully track how products get from forest to store. So, behind every label, we work to assure you that the product has been made with forest materials from approved sources.
One day, we hope that every product will be labelled FSC 100%. The more you choose FSC-certified products, the more companies will want to meet that demand and will work to be become FSC certified.
Whichever FSC label is on your product, you can be sure that you’re supporting a product that has not been manufactured at the expense of the forest, or the animals, plants, and people who rely on it. So keep an eye out for the FSC label on your next trip to the supermarket, furniture store, or coffee shop. We all make choices every day – and now, when you see any of the three FSC labels, you can make a choice that helps take care of the world’s forests.
DOES FSC CERTIFICATION MEAN THAT ALL PRODUCTS BY THE COMPANY ARE FSC CERTIFIED?
Any company that wants to add the FSC label to any of the products it makes must first receive ‘chain of custody (CoC) certification’. This certification proves it is sourcing materials from FSC-certified forests, recycling and/or controlled sources and is following FSC-defined best practice throughout the production process and supply chain. But it does not mean that all products they produce would need to be of these materials.
Only those products that use FSC-certified materials can carry the FSC on-product label. So, just because one product carries it, does not mean all products from the same company are made from responsibly sourced materials. You still need to look for the FSC logo on individual products to find out which are FSC certified and which are not.