February 8, 2011
Here at ddp we are excited about becoming a member of an FSC certified group and being able to apply the logo to our customers work. 10 days to go and we will be fully compliant!! But what does it all mean…
FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme. There are national working groups more than 50 countries including the UK. FSC UK is a registered charity. It is supported by NGOs including WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust.
Every year an area half the size of the UK is cleared of natural forests: temperate and tropical, North and South and on every continent. These forests, which once covered half of the planet, are irreplaceable and their loss has profound economic, social and environmental impacts. Sixty million indigenous people and countless species of plants and animals are wholly dependent on forests to live and forests support up to 1.6 billion of the poorest people in the world.
The products of this illegal trade can be found throughout the UK, from building sites to private homes. We think this is unacceptable and we exist to make sure people can buy timber and wood products with the confidence that they are contributing towards safeguarding the world’s forests.
The FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components: Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use timber and forest products produced from well-managed forests.
The FSC logo
The Forest Stewardship Council’s “tick tree” logo is used on product labels to indicate whether products are certified under the FSC system. When you see the FSC logo on a label you can buy timber and other wood products, such as paper, with the confidence that you are not contributing to the destruction of the world’s forests.
Frequently asked questions
Q What is Chain of Custody certification?
A Chain of Custody (CoC) certification verifies that a product contains wood from a certified forest, sometimes including other controlled forest sources or post-consumer waste. Every organisation which forms a link in the supply chain needs it own CoC certificate, if the publication or product is to include the FSC logo, or any claim that the paper is FSC certified. See the Chain of Custody factsheet for more information.
Q What do the different labels mean ?
A The FSC system has developed three categories of certified product and the category of every product should be clearly identified on its product label or invoice.
All the timber or fibre in the product comes from an FSC-certified forest
All the timber or fibre in the product is post-consumer reclaimed material.
FSC Mixed Sources
The timber or fibre in the product is a mixture of some/all of the following:
• Timber from an FSC-certified forest
• Post-consumer reclaimed material
• Controlled Sources, which exclude unacceptable forestry
Q I have bought some FSC paper for a print job but my printer does not have CoC. Can I just include a statement that it’s FSC paper without using the logo?
A No, because the name Forest Stewardship Council and letters FSC are our registered trademarks as well as the logo itself.
Q I am having books printed by a printer with CoC and they will have the FSC label. Do I need to have CoC too in order to distribute them?
A No, unless you are selling them to retailers who wish to make their own promotional claims about FSC. Please contact us for more details if this might be the case.
Q We are publishers who use several printers and other services such as print finishing and binding. Will each of these companies need its own CoC?
A Not necessarily, so long as you own the paper and books throughout the process. You as publisher could have a CoC certificate which covered the others as an outsourcing policy. We can provide full details on request.
Q All our marketing materials and business forms are produced by a printer with CoC and carry the FSC label. Can we make reference to this in our annual report or on our website?
A Yes. We can provide a Trademark Resource Pack to enable you to do this.
Q Our local printer has FSC CoC. Does this mean that all their paper is FSC certified?
A Not necessarily. You should always make it clear in your order that you want FSC paper and that you want the FSC label included.
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