Have you ever seen the FSC logo before? Do you know what it stands for? Do you know what it means to be FSC Certified?
Forest Management and Procurement
Our forests are in great danger and people who purchase tree by-products, such as lumber and paper, could be encouraging damaging and destructive practices. For many years, these suppliers would be able to tell you that their products came from “renewable” or “sustainable” or “managed” sources without there being a true standard or independent company to verify if this were true or not. Without an independent certification system, there is often no way of verifying this or demonstrating to your clients that you have met their expectations. If you don’t know where your timber and paper come from, you could be part of the problem.
FSC: What is it and what does it stand for?
FSC is short for Forest Stewardship Council® and is an organization that assists in caring for the forests as well as the people and animals who live in them. By using the FSC system, you are able to specify and procure the forest products like timber, paper, cork, or latex that come from well-managed and/or verified and recycled sources.
Why should you specify FSC?
- For starters, they have the highest standards. FSC sets higher standards than any other forest certification scheme, which gives users the best assurance that certified forests are being managed responsibly.
- They are respected and credible. FSC is the preferred certification scheme for business and the one most widely used by members of the Fortune 500.
- They have recognition. FSC is recognized by BREEAM and the UK Government Timber Procurement Policy. They are a member of ISEAL Alliance, the global association for sustainability standards, and are the only forest certification scheme endorsed by Greenpeace and WWF.
- In a recent poll, nearly 55% of the individuals interviewed said they recognized the FSC logo and the brand associated.
Buyers of forest products could be contributing to deforestation. Many organizations have, or are now implementing procurement policies to help safeguard against this. A timber/paper procurement policy is a good way to ensure everyone in your organization knows what timber/paper is acceptable for use. It can also help you to make and meet Corporate Social Responsibility targets. Template timber/ paper procurement policies for the private and public sectors are available from FSC UK.
This being said, here at ezeGlide, we have dedicated ourselves to only purchase products from FSC certified sources to be sure that we are promoting a healthier practice in how our timber is acquired. We want our products to not only be the highest quality but support our planet and it’s forests. This is very important to the ezeGlide family because we like to know that our forests are well managed and preserved so future generations are able to experience the beautiful land that we are blessed with.
By purchasing only FSC certified products, we are combating the carbon footprint that many of our competitors produce and ensure that we are fighting against climate change. For more information on how FSC combats climate change, check out this factsheet.
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