It’s Not Just About Our Forests
Although the FSC’s main concern is to ensure the ethical sourcing of timber products from managed forests, it is equally concerned with protecting the micro-environments they link to and the inhabitants that rely on its continued non-degradation to survive. As consumers and business owners we need the FSC to help protect rare animals and plant forms from extinction.
When we talk about protecting our forests, we are concerned with preventing a decrease at the very least, which means we have to create ways to prevent attrition. The FSC guarantees that any trees which are felled to create commercial products are replaced – therein making sure that a consistent balance is maintained. From the consumer’s point of view, this permits people to buy conscientiously whilst at the same time putting pressure on non FSC accredited firms to submit to regulation.
The Benefits Span the Globe
As intimated, the FSC is just as concerned with the animals that live in our forests. At the same time, their aim is to improve the welfare of the people that work for forest owners: so that they are paid a fair wage, trained properly and able to work in an environment that does not put them in any danger. Forest owners are also encouraged to build schools for their employees’ families – which means FSC Certification has a humanitarian, environmental and economic impact too.
FSC Certification is important for companies involved in forestry at every stage of the process, from management through to logging, supply and manufacturing of wood products.
Certification For Forest Owners
Forest managers and owners need certification if they want their timber to be part of a sustainable and environmentally responsible wood economy. In terms of wood sales, the demand for FSC certification often begins with retailers and manufacturers, but it trickles down through the supply chain – retailers need FSC wood from suppliers, and FSC-certified suppliers need wood from FSC certified forests. If they want to deal with ethical and environmentally responsible businesses, forest managers and owners need to obtain their FSC certification.
Certification in the Supply Chain
Processors and distributors in the supply chain also have their own need for FSC certification. Simply put, if they want to use FSC-certified wood and benefit from the FSC trademark, they need FSC certification themselves. They often benefit from the perks that certification offers – in particular, the access to new markets that it opens up. In many industries, FSC certification is the easiest and most direct way for supply chain companies to comply with environmental requirements of national public policy.
Certification for Manufacturers
Manufacturers that buy wood to make mixed-wood need FSC certification if they want to ensure their non-certified wood come from well-managed forests, and sustainable sources. Again, it is the domino effect in action – retailers with branding based on environmental responsibility need to display the FSC trademark to be seen as credible to their customers. In turn, manufacturers need their Controlled Wood certification in place to ensure that they’re creating products that do not have their origins in illegal harvesting or violation of traditional or civil rights.
FSC certification is likely to only become more important as environmental concerns grow, and well-managed forests and wood products become crucial elements of a sustainable future.