FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components: Forest Management (FM) and Chain of Custody (CoC). The certification process is audited out by independent certification bodies that assess forest managers and forest product companies against FSC standards.
Chain of Custody certification
FSC chain of custody certification verifies that FSC-certified material has been identified and separated from non-certified and non-controlled material as it makes its way along the supply chain from A all the way through to B. To achieve chain of custody certification, your business must meet FSC-STD-40-004 Chain of Custody Certification standard.
Forest Management certification
FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves the natural ecosystem and benefits the lives of local people and workers, all while ensuring it sustains economically viability. FSC Forest Management certification requires that companies meet the FSC Australia National Forest Stewardship Standard.
What do I have to do to become certified?
1. Contact an auditor
Contact one or several FSC accredited certification bodies. To give you a first estimate regarding cost and time needed the certification body will need some basic information about your operation. The certification body will provide you with information about the requirements for FSC certification.
Click here for details of FSC accredited certification bodies.
2. Choose an auditor
Decide which certification body you would like to work with and sign an agreement them.
3. Receive Audit
Undergo an FSC certification audit, in which your company’s qualifications for certification are assessed. An audit report is produced, on which the certification body makes a decision.
4. Receive Outcome
If the decision is positive, you receive an FSC certificate. 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.