Chain of Custody

FSC Supply Chain ManagementFSC chain of custody certification verifies FSC certified forest products through the production chain. FSC chain of custody (CoC) certification is for companies that manufacture, process or trade in timber or non-timber forest products and want to demonstrate to their customers that they use responsibly produced raw materials. FSC chain of custody helps companies to strengthen their sourcing policies and comply with public or private procurement policies where FSC is the preferred option.

Chain of custody (CoC) certification provides a guarantee about the production and source of FSC-certified products. The main objective of CoC certification is to ensure that material from FSC certified forests is tracked through the production and distribution process. CoC certification applies to manufacturers and others who process, transform or trade forest products.

A copy of the latest FSC Chain of Custody Standard to which eligible organisations can be FSC certified is available to download in the resources section of this page. For more information about the FSC CoC certification proccess, please head to the "Become Certified" section of the FSC New Zealand website. For more information on the Standards development process, please see the FSC International COC Program page.


Consumers are increasingly concerned with choosing products that are responsibly sourced and made. FSC chain of custody certification allows companies to use the FSC label, giving consumers assurance about the origin of the products they buy.

If you’re a business hoping to enter markets that are particularly environmentally and socially aware, chain of custody certification is an essential credential. Achieving certification is also a great way to demonstrate compliance with public and private sector procurement policies – Green Building Council and Living Building Challenge – that specify environmentally responsible materials.


There are two types of certification to choose from, depending on the scale and type of your operation:

  • For organizations processing or selling forest products: certification of single businesses or facilities, or of multiple sites under multi-site or group certification (this could be for large companies that operate multiple sites, or smaller enterprises that choose to group together to achieve collective certification).
  • For projects: one-off certification issued to individual objects or buildings that are totally or partially made using FSC-certified components.
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