© Forest Stewardship Council A.C.Although FSC is the fastest growing forest certification system in the world, many forests still do not meet FSC’s standards for healthy forests and strong communities, which is why Controlled Wood exists. FSC Controlled Wood (CW) verification provides an assurance that 100% of the virgin fibre mixed with FSC-certified and recycled fibre comes from a verified and approved source.
FSC Controlled Wood has been verified NOT to come from:
- Illegally harvested forests;
- Forests harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;
- Forests in which high conservation values are threatened;
- Forests that are being converted to plantations or non-forest use; or
- Forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.
Controlled Wood Standard
FSC’s Controlled Wood standards define the minimum requirements that non-certified forests and fibre must meet in order to be mixed, under strict circumstances, with FSC-certified and/or recycled fibre.
For the fibre to qualify as FSC Controlled Wood, FSC Chain of Custody certified companies conduct a risk assessment, verified by third-party Certification Body, that non-certified forest fiber meets FSC's Controlled Wood requirements (as per FSC-STD-40-005). Forests may also be verified by third-party Certification Body through on-site audits to meet the FSC Controlled Wood standard (FSC-STD-30-010).
Revised Controlled Wood Standard
In November 2015, FSC approved the Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0) and the revised standard comes into effect on July 01, 2016. Canadian certificate holders implementing this standard will be required to complete a ‘simplified risk assessment’, in accordance with Annex A of the revised standard. Learn more.