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    FSC/PEFC CoC (Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody)

Over the past 20 years, FSC has earned a reputation as the most rigorous, credible forest certification system. As a result, there are significant advantages to choosing FSC-certified products:

  • Credibility - FSC is an independent, member-led group organized into social, environmental, and economic chambers that have equal authority. Members elect the board of directors and vote on major decisions. Anyone committed to responsible forest management can become a member of FSC. This open and balanced approach is unique to FSC and ensures a diversity of perspectives are represented in decision making.
  • Environmental Protection - FSC's forest management standards expand protection of water quality, prohibit harvest of rare old-growth forest, prevent loss of natural forest cover and prohibit highly hazardous chemicals, which are all unique aspects of the system. For example, FSC prohibits the use of atrazine, which is otherwise legal in the US but banned in Europe because it has been shown to cause water pollution and birth defects. Other certifications allow atrazine use, including aerial spraying of the chemical.
  • Community Engagement - FSC requires forest managers - on both public and private lands - to engage local community members and to protect customary rights of indigenous people, ensuring their voices are part of the certification process and impacts of forest operations are addressed. In addition, FSC requires the results of certification audits to be released to the public, even on private lands, which makes FSC unique among forest certifications.
  • Access to Markets - Many major companies have policies that state a preference for FSC-certified products. Green building standards, including the US Green Building Council's LEED program, provide incentives for using FSC-certified materials. Increasingly, consumers are requesting FSC-certified products in retail stores across the country. Many governments require the use of FSC-certified products. Companies that produce FSC-certified products gain access to these markets, and many others.

PEFC CoC (Chain of Custody)

With increasing demand for products from responsibly managed forests, business interest in Chain of Custody certification along the timber value chain is soaring.

PEFC’s Chain of Custody certification offers several important benefits.

  • A clear and transparent message - The simple action of being able to include the PEFC logo on a product or product-line communicates to the customer in a clear, concise and transparent manner that wood and non-timber forest products have been sourced from sustainably-managed forests.
  • Access to markets - Chain of Custody certification offers companies access to markets demanding eco-friendly products and market advantage in relation to companies with uncertified products. It enhances brand value.
  • Confidence - Chain of Custody certification permits businesses to be confident about the sourcing of their timber and wood-based products.
  • Traceability - Chain of Custody certification offers assurances that the final wood and/or non-timber product can be traced back to a sustainable source and that production processes used to transform the finished product have been implemented with due respect for environmental, economic and social standards.
  • Risk management - Chain of Custody certification includes a due diligence system to exclude wood from unknown, illegal and controversial sources. By implementing and maintaining a robust Chain of Custody system, companies can provide assurances that their products do not contain wood from illegal sources.
  • Business leadership on sustainability - By opting for PEFC Chain of Custody certification, businesses in the wood and forestry sector can enhance their competitive advantage over other suppliers in the value chain.
  • Availability and choice - Two-thirds of the world's certified forest area is certified to PEFC standards. That's currently more than 260 million hectares, offering the widest supply of certified fiber and timber.
Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody
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