FSC & PEFC™ Chain of Custody
What is Forest Certification?
Forest Certification is a voluntary third-party process that forest owners, the forest industry and the entire production chain for wood products can use to show consumers that products are made from wood that comes from well-managed forests. A well-managed forest is one which is ecologically, socially and economically sustainable.
What is Chain of Custody?
Businesses need a reliable and credible mechanism to prove to their customers that their products have come from a responsibly produced source. Chain of custody is a method by which companies can show this
Through chain-of-custody certification, fibre from certified forestland can move through production streams, thus enabling the end product to receive a certified logo informing customers that the product came from a certified forest and was manufactured responsibly.
Why are there Different Certification Systems?
There are more than 50 certification programs worldwide addressing the many types of forests and tenures around the world. The two largest international forest certification programs are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
FSC was established in 1994 in Mexico by conservation organisations such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and WWF.
PEFC was established in 1999 in Luxembourg by an alliance of small and family forest owners from France, Austria, Germany and Finland.
440 million hectares of forests have been certified under these systems. This equates to around 10.7% of the world's forests.
Use of Trademarks
Only companies that have Chain of Custody certification are allowed to use the FSC and PEFC trademarks labels to promote their products. The labels therefore provides a link between responsible production and responsible consumption and helps the consumer to make socially and environmentally responsible buying decisions.
How does this affect Elliott Baxter & our customers?
Elliott Baxter achieved chain of custody for both FSC & PEFC in 2006. Now over 95% of our stock is either FSC or PEFC certified. For a full and up to date list of our products, please consult your local sales team.
Our customers can expect the service which has made us the leading independent paper merchant in the UK, but they can also address the environmental concerns of their customers. They will be able to print the relevant logo on any material they produce that is printed on certified paper.
The printer, must also have a chain of custody certificate. To become certified or maintain certification, certificate holders must successfully undergo annual audits, conducted by independent, accredited auditing firms.
For any questions regarding Chain of Custody please contact your sales representative and we will be happy to assist you.
For the most up to date list of the certified products currently stocked by EBB, please click here to download the details, or speak to your local sales branch.