Chain of Custody Group Certification

Group certification has been developed to help smaller enterprises achieve FSC certification by reducing the costs and administrative requirements of certification.

Small businesses can join together to become certified under one certificate. A certification body audits a sample of members and carries out a risk assessment of the entire group scheme rather than auditing each individual business. A group manager ensures that all group members are using systems that satisfy the FSC requirements.



Who is eligible?

  • Have no more than 15 employees (including full time, part time, and seasonal staff), OR
  • Have no more than 25 employees and an annual turnover of US$1,000,000. (Turnover here is defined as total annual revenue from goods and services)
  • All group members shall be located in the same single country as the group entity.

Join an existing group

Groupe Lignum

Contact: Nicolas Blanchette
T: 819-566-5792

Sustainable Northwest Canada

Contact: Jordan Zettle
T: 541-948-5140

Start your own group

Trade associations, cooperatives, or marketing groups can run group certificates. Please get in touch with a certification body if you are interested in establishing one.



COC Certification Of Multiple Sites (FSC-STD-40-003 V2-1)
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