Forest Stewardship Council / Chain of Custody certification
A wood product bearing the
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label has a well-known history. In
order to earn that label, its source wood must have been sustainably
harvested and then tracked throughout its “life cycle” - all
the way to its final destination on (or within) your walls.
The FSC was born out of the
1992 Earth Summit in Rio. Loggers, foresters, environmentalists and
sociologists who met at that summit were upset with government indecision
on the matter of sustainable forestry. They formed the FSC to help monitor
and label products that were indeed ethically produced. FSC standards
span economic, social and environmental concerns. Hopeful manufacturers
must qualify for what is called the Chain of Custody certification.
Chain of Custody (CoC) tracks
materials throughout their production process from forest to front door.
Only FSC-CoC products are granted the privilege of hosting FSC trademarks.
Businesses can become CoC-certified, after which they offer a point
of pride and ethics for the business and assure their customers that
the company’s claims of sustainability are, in fact, true. Below, we
provide information on FSC and CoC-certified products to help you make
your own informed decisions with full social and environmental responsibility.