Why should my company be FSC certified?
Becoming FSC certified shows that you comply with the highest social and environmental standards on the market. Public concern about the state of the world’s forests and timber resources is increasing, and FSC provides you with a credible solution to complex environmental and social issues.
FSC certification is an effective way to gain public and consumer recognition of your responsible practices and can also help you to make and meet Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) targets. It can also improve credibility with customers and business partners, and with financial and watchdog organisations, thus helping to protect your brand and reputation. FSC certification allows you to access more environmentally sensitive markets, and governments and businesses are increasingly specifying FSC certified products in their procurement programs.
For more information on why your company should become FSC certified, click here.
5 Steps towards FSC certification:
1. Contact FSC accredited certification bodies (and/or small business group schemes if appropriate) to request quotes.
In order to provide you with an initial estimate of cost and time, the certification body will require some basic information about your operation. They will then provide you with information about the requirements for FSC certification. For a list of FSC accredited certification bodies, click here.
You may qualify for inclusion in a group scheme, in which case it is a good idea to contact one or more (in addition to the certification bodies). For more information about group schemes, click here.
2. Submit a certification application to the FSC certification body of your choice.
Decide which certification body (or small business group scheme) you would like to work with and sign an agreement them.
3. Ensure that an appropriate FM/CoC or CoC Management System is in place
4. Undergo an on-site audit by your chosen certification body
An FSC certification audit will assess your company’s compliance with the relevant FSC requirements. An audit report is produced, on which the certification body makes a decision.
5. Gain certification approval and receipt of FSC certification code (XXX-COC-000000) and trademark licence code (FSC-C000000).
If the decision is positive, you will receive an FSC certificate and your FSC certificate and licence codes. If the audit revealed that your operation is not yet in full compliance with FSC requirements, then after you have implemented the changes suggested in the certification report, you can go for a further audit.
How long are FSC certificates valid for?
© FSC ICFSC certificates are valid for five years. The FSC accredited certification body will conduct annual surveillance audits to verify your continued compliance with FSC certification requirements.