Jasper, Ind. – Indiana Furniture has been awarded Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Chain-of-Custody(CoC) Certification, by GFA Consulting Group, an independent third-party accredited by the FSC to certify companies to their international standards. The certification (certificate number GFA-COC-002183; license code FSC-C110951) provides a guarantee about the acquisition and use of raw wood materials in the production of FSC certified products.

“Indiana’s roots in environmental stewardship trace back to 1905, when the company was founded and launched its first recycling program,” said Mark Plummer, Vice President of Manufacturing and champion of Indiana’s environmental efforts. “Now, with the widely recognized FSC CoC Certification, we can offer Indiana Furniture customers the option of products that meet stringent environmental, social and economic standards.”

FSC CoC Certification is an assurance that wood based materials used in Indiana Furniture products come from forests that meet stringent environmental, social, and economic standards. It is the path taken by raw materials from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of harvesting, processing, manufacturing and distribution. Only products from FSC CoC companies claim the FSC designation, assurance of a socially and environmentally responsible purchasing decision.

FSC CoC Certification is recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Rating System for environmentally focused design. From a customer perspective, the FSC label represents a promise made; CoC standards are the mechanism FSC uses to ensure that promise is delivered.

Mike Blessinger, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, stated, “We are very aware that around the world there is a growing interest, by those who specify and purchase furniture, that the wood products being produced are from responsibly managed forests. Chain-of-Custody Certification is an important factor to many customers’ decision making process.”

“We understand that we must not only contribute to sustainability by developing and manufacturing products with excellent environmental performance, but that we must also work to enable our customers to further minimize their own environmental impact,” said Blessinger.

The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, not-for-profit organization devoted to encouraging responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC sets high standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way.

Source: Indiana Furniture

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