FSC Chain of Custody - Sustainable Forest Management
The FSC Chain of Custody is a standard issued by the International Organisation "Forest Stewardship Council" and describes a sustainable forest management system which aims at effective monitoring of raw materials that are used to produce a company's products. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1993 to promote an environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically sustainable forest management of our planet.
FSC certification provides the relation between responsible forest management and the consumption of products derived from them (timber, paper), allowing consumers to identify responsible forestry products in stores around the world, as after certification companies have the opportunity to mark their products with FSC Label.
The standard assures that forest management is:
Environmentally friendly: harvesting wooden and non-wooden products preserves the biodiversity, the productivity and the ecological processes.
Socially beneficial: both people of the local community and the community itself enjoy the long-term benefits. The standard also provides strong incentives for people to conserve forest resources and persistence on long-term management plans.
Economically viable: forest operations are structured and managed in such a way that are sufficiently profitable, without generating financial benefits against of forest resources, ecosystems or affected communities.
The FSC Chain of Custody standard sets out the requirements that must be met by companies who want to show respect for the environment and commit to their participation in responsible forest management. It essentially describes a management system that aims at effectively monitoring of raw materials used to produce products in a company, from the stage of processing the raw materials to the delivery of the final products to consumers.
Adressed to:- companies that trade, process or produce wood-based products (furniture making, pulp production, paper making and processing, paper printing, etc.).
Validity- International Recognized.
Benefits of a company that applies this system:
Creating opportunities in order to increase the customer base, through the attraction of environmentally conscious customers, who choose products and services based on environmental protection criteria,
Improving the image of the company / organization towards the interested parties (suppliers, company staff, public bodies, public opinion), through the demonstration of sensitivity for the environment,
It is easily recognised by consumers the FSC label,
Proof of environmental sensitivity in addition to compliance with applicable law,
Improving the communication of the company / organization with public authorities.