Through research, FSC certification can bring your business improved market access, increase revenues and enhance your public image.
By becoming FSC certified, businesses can access new markets and gain a stronger, more diverse customer base, increasing revenues. Businesses can strengthen their reputation, providing assurances about ethical and environmental product standards and further cement stronger relationships with their own customer base.
FSC works to improve forest management worldwide, and through certification creates an incentive for forest owners and managers to follow the best social and environmental practices.
So, why wouldn’t you choose to be FSC Certified?
Trade CNC believe and haven’t looked back
All the timber products we use at Trade CNC are FSC certified. FSC is the Forestry Stewardship Council. The FSC believes in “Forests for all forever” and ensures that the timber products they certify come from forests that are:
Environmentally appropriate by protecting and maintaining natural communities and high conservation value forests.
Socially beneficial by respecting the rights of workers, communities and indigenous peoples, and
Economically viable by building markets, adding best value, and creating equitable access to benefits.
What does the FSC certification mean?
The FSC certification means that the wood, paper and other forest products are produced from well-managed forests and/or recycled materials. So when you see the ‘tick tree’ logo you can be sure that you are helping to keep our forests alive for generations to come.
To gain the FSC certification, companies have to be able to demonstrate that they follow the ten rules for responsible forest management:
- Comply with all applicable regulations, laws and international agreements, conventions and treaties.
- Maintain or enhance the social and economic wellbeing of workers.
- Identify and uphold indigenous peoples’ legal and customary rights of ownership, use and management of land, territories and resources.
- Contribute to local communities by maintaining or enhancing their social and economic wellbeing.
- Manage the range of products and services efficiently to maintain or enhance long term economic viability and a range of environmental and social benefits.
- Maintain, conserve and/or restore ecosystem services and environmental values, and avoid, repair or mitigate negative environmental impacts.
- Have a management plan consistent with policies and objectives and proportionate to scale, intensity and risks of management activities. The plan needs to be implemented and kept up to date based on monitoring information in order to promote adaptive management.
- Monitor and evaluate progress towards objectives and the impacts of management activities in order to implement adaptive management.
- Maintain and/or advance high conservation values.
- Management activities conducted by or for the organisation shall be consistent with the organisation’s economic, environmental and social policies and objectives.
Why does it matter?
The world’s forests filter the air we breathe and the water we drink and are essential to our survival. 300 million people live in forests and more than a billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. 80% of all land-dwelling creatures live in forests.
Today, trees are being lost at a rate of 27 football fields per minute. In 2017, the world lost 29.4 million hectares (72.6 million acres) of tree cover – that’s around 80% the size of Germany. When forests disappear, so do entire ecosystems.
Every action we take to protect the world’s forests makes a difference.
How can you tell if a product is FSC certified?
Just look for the tick tree logo…
When you see this logo on a company website or product packaging, you can be sure that you are buying a product from responsibly managed forests.
Five reasons to use FSC certified timber products
- Performance – Wood has the best thermal insulation properties of any mainstream construction material.
- Beauty and utility – Wood is attractive, practical and long-lasting.
- Carbon benefits – Trees absorb CO₂ as they grow.
- Energy – Trees need little more than sunlight and rainfall to grow.
- A renewable resource – Wood and paper are renewable, reusable and recyclable.