FSC® Certification

Forest Stewardship Council ® Chain of Custody Certification

What is FSC® "chain of custody" certification?

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.

Since 2008, 2SB has 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:

  1. purchase FSC certified material from an FSC supplier.
  2. handle the FSC materials under their control.
  3. use the FSC claims and logos.
  4. provide the FSC claims to the next owner in the "chain-of-custody".

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®

Link to FSC UK

Link to FSC International

Strategic benefits

  • Allow your clients to have the FSC® logo on products that you have manufactured, supporting their environmental claims
  • Providing you with an advantage in a highly competitive market by demonstrating your own environmental credentials through the use of the FSC logo.

Business benefits

  • The FSC® logo can be applied to all FSC® certified products that you produce using correctly sourced materials
  • Practical demonstration that management are committed to environmental issues within your business

Benefit of using 2SB

  • Flexible approach to onsite training across the UK with associated remote support
  • We will guarentee you get the certification as long as you follow our reasonable requests

Our approach

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

Key features

  • Assembly of supplier documentation to show that they have FSC® Chain of Custody on the material that they sell to you
  • Completion of preassessment documentation to ensure you remain compliant with FSC® requirements
  • Creation of FSC® manual describing your internal processes to support your system
  • Production of sample documentation to present at your external audit
  • Provision of training for your key staff to assist with implementation
  • Attendance at initial assessment if required by you or the auditors
  • Telephone and email support when required to ensure you meet your deadlines

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How long does it take to get ISO certified?

For any single management system including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, ISO 45001, a typical time frame for implementation is 3-6 months.

Implementation time frames (i.e. building your management system prior to the audit) are as follows:

ISO 9001 – 3 to 6 months
ISO 14001 – 3 to 6 months
ISO 27001 – 3 to 6 months
ISO 45001 – 3 to 6 months
ISO 9001 + ISO 14001 – 4 to 8 months
ISO 9001 + ISO 27001 – 4 to 8 months
ISO 9001 + ISO 14001 + ISO 45001 – 5 to 10 months
ISO 9001 + ISO 14001 + ISO 27001 – 5 to 10 months

This can vary depending on how effective you are at implementing the management system's requirements and the number of certifications being acquired. 

We have completed implementations in shorter time frames however from our experience this means internally you must prioritise the ISO implementation with a central member of staff.

In addition to the timeframes above, you should allow 1-3 months for the certification process (i.e. stage 1 and stage 2 audits) and around 2 further weeks to receive your certificate.

It's beneficial to have the advice of a consultant when doing this but you can do it alone if you have the time and resource needed to learn the standard and its requirements.

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