Organisations such as retailers, brand owners and end-users may apply for a trademark licence to promote the FSC certified products they sell or use in their day-to-day activities.
Retailers who buy finished, FSC labelled products from an FSC certified company and sell these on, unchanged, to end users may apply to FSC for a trademark licence to enable them to use the FSC trademarks to promote these products.
Similarly, organisations that use FSC certified products within their business can apply for a trademark licence to promote this, e.g. a company using FSC certified packaging for their products. Please note that companies using FSC materials to manufacture products, e.g. construction companies using FSC certified timber or printers using FSC certified paper, are not eligible for an FSC Trademark Licence and would need FSC certification in order to use the FSC trademarks (see below).
To qualify for promotion as FSC certified, the products or product packaging must:
- Be bought directly from an FSC certified company (not via an uncertified supplier)
- Be fully finished i.e. you do not change the product in any way. The only exception to this is adding the contents, e.g. sandwiches, to the packaging
- Carry the FSC label on the product or packaging, visible to the consumer without breaking the pack open
- The end user must be the ultimate consumer of a finished product, for example the general public or a school, i.e. not a company wishing to make further claims about the products or their use of them
An FSC trademark licence will allow you to use the FSC trademarks promotionally, on websites, in catalogues and other marketing materials. However, it does not enable you to apply the FSC label to any product or its packaging, or pass FSC claims onward through the supply chain. Only FSC certificate holders are authorised to do this.
If you are engaged in any of the following activities and wish to use the FSC trademarks, you will need to become FSC certified:
- Manufacturing or changing the composition (e.g. mixing or adding forest-based materials to the product) or physical integrity (e.g. re-packaging, re-labelling) of products sold with FSC claims
- Applying an FSC label to products
- Selling FSC certified products with claims on your sales documents
- Selling on to any organisation downstream who may wish to make FSC claims or sell the product on as FSC certified
Please click here for more information on FSC certification.