FSC® Chain of Custody

What is Chain of Custody?

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international certification scheme that supports sustainable forestry practices through the use of certification systems.

Put simply, a chain of custody system allows certified materials to be tracked from forest to consumer. Products which carry the FSC® logo and have supporting invoices can be verified as having been sourced from well-managed forests that adopt sustainable forestry practices.  

As the adverse social and environmental effects of unmanaged and illegal logging have been publicised, demand for chain of custody certified products has grown significantly.

In order for the products to remain traceable through the supply chain, a key element to chain of custody systems within a business is to retain all records associated with the purchase and sale of FSC® certified products.  

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We have never failed to help a business achieve first-time Chain of Custody certification.

Our flexible approach will enable you to select dates and times for our visits that will best fit in with your business operations.  

As the FSC® standards do not fully document all requirements for certification, you will need a competent person who understands how to fit the standard to a specific business.

2SB have successfully implemented the standards into businesses in a variety of industries. We support you throughout the entire process and will prepare all the necessary documentation.

Importantly, the system we implement does not need to be complex.  We also make sure you are in a position to operate the system independently once certification has been achieved.

The Forest Stewardship Council ® / FSC® is not responsible for the content of any training offered by 2SB. 2SB takes full responsibility for the accuracy of any reference to the Forest Stewardship Council ® / FSC®.


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2SB can help you achieve chain of custody certification over just a few short, well-planned visits to your site.

Outlined below are the four key stages of FSC® Chain of Custody implementation:

Stage 1 – Initial Meeting

Our Chain of Custody Specialist will initially visit your site to undertake a GAP analysis and to get an understanding for how the standard will fit into your business. We will confirm the scope of your intended certification as it may not be necessary for all products and services to be included. During this meeting an implementation schedule will also be determined.   

Stage 2 – Understanding your business and applying the standard

Over a few short visits we will ensure the system is implemented, using terminology understood within the company. Dummy jobs will be run through the system to test its effectiveness. Working remotely, we will fully prepare your written manual based on our understanding of how the business operates. We will then present it to a member of senior management to ensure it reflects the business.  

Stage 3 – Staff Training  

A requirement of the standard is for all staff to be competent in their area of responsibility. We will train all the relevant staff and provide the documentary evidence required.  

Stage 4 – Certification Audit

During the above stages we will ensure you are well prepared for your certification audit. We currently have a 100% success rate in achieving first-time certification. 

The main reason a business decides to become FSC® certified is so that they can meet the requirements of a specific client, project or tender.

Certification can therefore result in business expansion, access to markets and increased economic gain for a business.   

As industries associated with the use of wood-based products have been increasingly subject to public attention from an environmental perspective, FSC® certification can also benefit a business in the following ways.  

1. Certification demonstrates to all stakeholders of a business that your products are of a nationally agreed, verifiable social and environmental standard. 

2. Only certified organisations can use the FSC®  trademark logos on their products. These logos demonstrate that the products are produced responsibly from well-managed, sustainable sources.  

3. Certified businesses can be viewed on the FSC® database

4. Reassurance that your business operations are not contributing towards the adverse, well publicised, effects of illegal logging

Pelican Fabrications

Pelican Fabrications gained FSC® Chain of Custody certification with 2SB in June 2013. Pelican provides joinery, retail fixture and shop-fitting services and came under pressure from a major client to become FSC® certified, or else lose their contract. It took just 5, half-day visits from 2SB’s Chain of Custody Specialist to ensure they were compliant with the standard.  

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