Chain of custody (COC) certification allows companies that manufacture and market forest products to label them with the FSC brand.
What is FSC?
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1990. The organisation is devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests and has developed the most recognised scheme for sustainable forestry and traceability of forests products, and the scheme is growing globally.
Companies that use wood or paper products in their businesses are increasingly recognizing their responsibility both to ensure that they know the origins of the wood/fibre used, and that the wood/fibre is produced in an environmentally responsible manner. The Chain-of-Custody (COC) is the path taken by raw materials harvested from an FSC-certified source through processing, manufacturing, distribution and printing, until the final product is ready for sale to the end consumer.
There are three different FSC labels:
Products with an FSC 100% label originate entirely from forests certified as meeting the environmental and social standards of FSC.
Products with an FSC Mix label support the development of responsible forest management worldwide. The wood comes from FSC-certified well-managed forests, company controlled sources and/or recycled material.
Products with an FSC Recycled label support re-use of forest resources and use only post consumer recycled wood or fibre in accordance with FSC standards.
Company controlled sources are controlled in accordance with FSC standards to exclude illegally harvested timber, forests where high conservation values are threatened, genetically modified organisms and violation of people’s civil and traditional rights.
To be able to use an FSC-label, you have to be certified against the appropriate FSC-standards. There are several different standards for the different types of wood sources, and standards for different types of certificates.
Where do I go from here?
For third party certification, you need to implement an effective environmental management system complying with the requirements of the standard. Please see this description of the FSC CoC Evaluation Process .You will also find the relevant standards on the FSC homepage.
We provide FSC® (A000509) in association with DNV GL Business Assurance Sweden AB.