The Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) is a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC defines standards based on agreed principles for responsible forest stewardship that are supported by environmental, social, and economic stakeholders.
Having “FSC” “chain-of-custody” certification is the only way to be authorised to use the internationally recognised FSC logo on the wood fibre products that you have produced on FSC certified materials.
Using the FSC logo is recognised as a highly credible environmental claim and is required by many of the World’s leading brands to support their environmental credentials.
2SB has since 2008 been assisting a wide range of organisations implement and maintain their FSC “chain-of-custody” certification to meet the requirements of their annual certification visits.
These annual external “chain of custody” audits require organisations to demonstrate that they have effective internal processes in place to correctly:
Failure to pass these annual audits will result in the organisations not being able to use the FSC logos and make the necessary FSC chain of custody claims.
FSC are continually checking that their logo and FSC claims are being used correctly and will take appropriate action in the event of their trademarks being incorrectly used.
The Chain of Custody Standards are written to cover the very wide range of organisations that handle both virgin and recycled wood fibre and 2SB can help organisations more easily understand and implement and maintain the elements of the “chain-of-custody” system that are relevant to them.
Our focus at 2SB is to use as much of your current systems and terminology to meet the requirements of the FSC “chain-of-custody” standard and only add requirements when we know they will be necessary.
If implemented correctly and kept up to date, having FSC “chain-of-custody” certification does not need to be burdensome and allows organisations to trade successfully with global brands who need to demonstrate that they are selling wood fibre based products that have come from responsibly managed sources.
The Forest Stewardship Council® / FSC® is not responsible for the content of any training, consultation or services offered by 2SB.
2SB takes full responsibility for the accuracy of any reference to the Forest Stewardship Council® / FSC®
Consultation – initial fact finding conversation on the phone or in person to understand more about your business
Proposal – when we understand what your needs are, we will produce a proposal that outlines the support required to get you certification
Implementation – once the proposal is approved, implementation can begin. We will work with you to prepare your management system for the audit
External audit – you will be visited by an external certification body who will test your system
Ongoing support – whilst most clients are able to look after their system without further external assistance we can provide refresher training if you have a new management representative
For any single management system including ISO 9001, 14001, 27001, 45001 and FSC, a typical time frame to implementation is 4 months.
This can vary depending on how effective the company is at implementing the certification and the number of certifications being acquired. It's best to have the advice of a consultant when doing this but a company can do it alone if they so wish, although success rates may vary.