What is Certification?

Delivering business benefits by guaranteeing environmental and social responsibility

More and more people are interested in where products come from, how they are made, and their impact on the world around them. This means eco-credentials are playing an increasingly big role in consumers’ and businesses’ decisions about what they buy.

So, if you are either a forest owner or manager, or a business that produces or trades forest products, it becomes even more important to show that you operate in an environmentally, economically and socially responsible way.

FSC certification is designed to help you do just that. It guarantees your customers that the FSC-labelled product they buy has come from a forest and supply chain that is managed responsibly


Types of certification

The two types of FSC certification are:

  • for forest owners and managers, forest management certification is a guarantee your processes and operations meet FSC standards;
  • for businesses manufacturing or trading forest products, chain of custody certification verifies that products are handled correctly at every stage of production – from forest to shelf.

What are the business benefits of FSC certification?

The FSC labels deliver guarantees for consumers, but what does FSC certification mean for your business, and why would you consider becoming FSC-certified?

For businesses that manufacture or trade forest products, it is a sign to your customers – consumers or other businesses – that you care about the origin of your products, and the impact on the world of making them, as much as they do. It gives your business credibility.

FSC certification can also open doors into new markets for both forest owners and managers and businesses: many companies and increasingly governments, in fact, have compliance policies that place preference on FSC certification.


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