What is Chain of Custody Certification?
There are two parts to the FSC system:
1. Forest Management certification, which makes sure that the forest is managed to high standards covering social, environmental and economic issues.
2. Chain of Custody certification, which traces the wood from those forests through all stages of processing and distribution.
Chain of Custody certification from forest to end-user ensures that FSC materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing so that customers purchasing FSC labelled products can be confident that they are genuinely FSC certified.
What are the benefits of Chain of Custody certification?
1. Receive public recognition for practices promoting responsible forest management.
2. Meet customer demands: UK retailers and specifiers such as local councils and architects are increasingly asking for an independent proof that products have come from responsibly managed forests.
3. Gain a competitive edge for your timber or timber/paper product.
4. Meet internal policy: certification helps companies demonstrate to customers, investors and/or themselves that they are meeting their corporate social responsibility objectives.
Who needs chain of custody?
Manufacturers - timber traders - wholesalers - importers - builders - contractors - publishers - printers - in fact, all those whose customers want to advertise products as FSC certified or say that they have brought or used certified products (for example in an annual environment report).
Any company making, changing, re-labelling or repackaging products needs to be certified to do so and any company wishing to apply any of the FSC trademarks (our name, our acronym or our logo) to products or their packaging needs to be certified.