The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is a nonprofit organisation that set standards for forestry practices with the aim of promoting environmentally responsible and socially beneficial forestry. Wood products such as furniture can be labelled as FSC® certified if they meet the high standards set by each organisation.
To be certified, the flow of the wood material – from the forest to the customer – must be monitored to demonstrate its origins. This evidence is known as Chain of Custody (CoC).
This assures customers that your company only uses legal sources and responsibly managed forests for its material.
It enables you to offer your customers better value in terms of origin of material and promotion of responsible forestry.
By using FSC® material, you can also open up new business opportunities for your company in markets requiring the certification.
TÜV SÜD is an internationally accredited Certification Body for the FSC® CoC.
Our trusted audit experts understand all the technical and social complexities of CoC certification for a wide range of industries in wood processing, pulp and paper, packaging, and printing.
We can offer combined FSC® CoC audits, and our services extend from pre-audit through the entire five-year certification cycle.
- FSC® certification
Designed for all businesses involved in the supply chain of forest-based products, both FSC® CoC certifications require ongoing annual audits. We can perform these audits within the five-year certification cycle to monitor how your organisation has implemented requirements for the separation of certified and uncertified material and identify ways in which they might potentially get mixed. Our auditors observe your company’s separation and flow of material, its management systems, and use of the FSC® trademarks.
- FSC® Controlled Wood
FSC® Controlled Wood covers wood that is not FSC® certified but meets a number of specifications such as being harvested legally and with due consideration to key social and environmental issues. FSC® Controlled Wood can be mixed with certified wood for production of FSC®-certified products.
TÜV SÜD is a trusted market leader for credible CoC certification. We are known worldwide for the high quality of our certifications and the outstanding performance of our auditors.
Our experts are committed to a fast turnaround on approvals of submitted artwork using the FSC® trademark, delivering on deadlines as short as two days or even a few hours in the case of printing businesses.