The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a not for profit, non-governmental organization that is dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. Its voluntary Forest Management and Chain-of-Custody Standards seek to provide a credible link from FSC Certified Forests through the manufacturing and distribution process to the marketplace.
Occasionally changes are made to these standards to make the system easier to navigate, respond to market conditions and stakeholder input.
US FSC Group Chain-of-Custody Eligibility Requirements
The FSC Group Chain-of-Custody Certificate was designed to allow smaller forest products companies to join together to share certification costs and pool the resources of the group together to streamline the certification process. The goal was to make FSC Certification available to small-sized organizations that otherwise would not be able to participate.
Recent changes to the FSC Eligibility Requirements for Group Chain-of-Custody members in the U.S. include the following:
- Companies participating in the FSC Group Chain-of-Custody Program can have up to $5 million in annual sales of forest products. This was increased from $1,000,000. This was a proactive move by the FSC's U.S. office in response to the global recessionbased on market research & a stakeholder working group.
- Additionally, companies that exceed the $5 million annual sales cap for two consecutive years lose their eligibility for participation in the FSC Group Certificate.
- FSC Group Chain-of-Custody Certificate participants in the United States also are no longer restricted to only 25 employees. There are no restrictions for the number of employees in the revised U.S. FSC Chain-of-Custody Group Eligibility Criteria.
FSC Chain-of-Custody Standard
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) released a new standard for Chain-of-Custody operations (FSC-STD-40-004 V2-1) All existing certificate holders must be in conformance with the new standard by October 1, 2012.
Improvements to the Chain-of-Custody Standard are as follows:
FSC Claims have been changed to be consistent with the new FSC On-Product Labels:
Existing Invoice Claim New Claim
FSC Pure → FSC 100%
FSC Mixed xx% → FSC Mix xx%
FSC Mixed Credit → FSC Mix Credit
New On-Product Labels
Commitment to FSC Values- Organizations that are certified must demonstrate a commitment to the FSC values: