FSC & PEFC Chain-of-custody Certification

Forest Stewardship Council

The FSC is an internationally recognised certification that ensures businesses using wooden products are sourcing their materials from sustainable and reliable sources. FSC helps take care of forests and the people and wildlife who call them home

The FSC chain-of-custody is recognised globally and has over 4,000 certified organisations that implement the FSC certification within their organisation. The certification is supported by WWF and recognised by them as the “hallmark of responsible forest management”. Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the woodland trust also recognise the FSC certification. This is because businesses who implement this strategy within their business are aiming to become more environmentally friendly.

Putting ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems into place and becoming certified in this area assures all the constituents of a company including customers, shareholders, suppliers, regulators and general public that this company is actively managing its environmental systems. By having an EMS in place that continues to function with changes in the market environment, it also helps minimize the costs and downstream risks with environmental management.

Many businesses who use the FSC also have ISO 14001 implemented within their business as it provides additional environmental benefits.

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

PEFC is an independent, non- profit, non-governmental organisation that promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third-party certification. Within its membership, there are 32 independent forest certification schemes of which 22 have completed the rigorous assessment process. These 22 schemes account for over 187 million hectares of certified forest producing millions of tonnes of certified timber. For a product to qualify for certification, all entities along the supply chain must possess a PEFC Chain of Custody certificate. Only then are companies eligible to use the PEFC label on their products and in product marketing to highlight the responsible sourcing of the raw material.

What are the benefits of FSC & PEFC Chain-of-Custody Certification?

  • Recognised as an environmentally responsible organisation
  • Independent, third-party verification of good practice
  • Providing Sales & Marketing opportunities: –
  • An increasing number of major clients & designers prefer to buy and promote certified products
  • 84% of consumers have a better image of companies that support environmental causes
  • The right to use certification logos, both on & off product

What we can help you with?

  • Identify Key Control Points
  • Assist in developing good operating practices
  • Document operating practices and procedures
  • Conduct FSC/PEFC Chain-of-Custody awareness training
  • Perform auditing of sites and processes
  • Assist with the selection of an external certification body
  • Act as your representative at Chain-of-Custody system audits
  • Keep you up to date with changes
  • Provide part-time management support (if required)


Independent Business Consultants Network (IBCN) is a virtual organisation comprising of a group of like-minded consultants who can operate either individually or form together as a specialist team depending on the size and complexity of the project.


Our objective is to provide experienced practitioners, facilitators, trouble-shooters, designers and implementers to assist in the introduction of practical Business Management Systems which are certified.


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