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There are two types of FSC Certification that companies can achieve:
Forest Management (FM) certification, which involves independent inspections of the forest management unit by an accredited certification body, and
Chain of Custody (COC) certification, which provides guarantees about the production and source of FSC-certified products. Globally, 1,000 forest managers and 19,000 producers shown their committment to responsible forest management by having their operations certified to FSC standards.
Benefits of becoming FSC Certified include:
- Contributing to improved management of the worlds forests
- Access to the rapidly growing market for FSC certified products
- Risk Management
- Improved community relations
- Customer recognition and loyalty
- Improved management systems
- Third party verification of product origin
FSC certification is carried out by FSC accredit certification bodies. FSC itself does not certify forest operations or manufacturers. This maintain FSC's independence between its standards and requirements, and operations seeking certification.
FSC Forest Management (FM) Certification
Forest management certification involves an inspection of the forest management unit by an independent FSC-accredited certification body to check that the forest complies with the internationally-agreed FSC 10 Principles of Responsible Forest Management.
More information about FM certification
FSC Chain of Custody (COC) Certification
Chain of Custody certification applies to manufacturers and others who process, transform or trade forest products, providing a guarantee about the production and source of FSC-certified products and tracking the production and distribution of certified timber products.
More information about CoC Certification
FSC Accredited Certification Bodies
FSC certification is carried out by FSC accredited certification bodies. FSC itself does not certify forest operations or manufacturers. This maintains FSC's independence between its standards and requirements, and operations seeking certification.
FSC Accredited Certification Bodies operating in New Zealand