The Forest Stewardship Council® is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management or the world’s forests. Its main tools for achieving this are standard setting, independent certification, and labeling of forest products. This offers customers around the world the ability to choose products from socially and environmentally responsible forestry.
FSC® promotes socially and environmentally responsible forest management worldwide through standard setting, accreditation of certifiers and trademark assurance.
Together these activities ensure that the final product bearing the FSC logo can be traced through the production process and is a guarantee to customers that the product comes from responsible sources. More information can be found at www.fsc.org.
FSC Chain-of-Custody traces the path of products from forests through the supply chain, verifying that FSC-certified material is identified or kept separated from non-certified material throughout the chain.
Any company in this supply chain, including harvesters, processors, manufacturers, distributors, printers, retailers or anyone that is taking ownership of the forest product before the end user, needs to be FSC certified to be able to label or promote their products as FSC certified.
The Chain-of-Custody process ensures the consumer that the FSC-certified products they purchase are coming from responsibly managed sources. For a consumer to purchase an FSC-certified product, ever company that previously had ownership of the forest product material components of the end product would have to be FSC certified.
Visit the “FSC Certification Process” page for more information if you are interested in becoming FSC certified.