Wood is one of the few materials which can be described as truly sustainable. Some of our best loved and ecologically rich ancient woodlands have supplied timber for ships, houses and furniture for thousands of years.
More and more people are rightly concerned that the wood they are using might be contributing to the destruction of forests around the world. That is why we became auditors in North America, working with Soil Association Woodmark, one of the first accredited certifying bodies of the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®).
The Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) has developed a unique system of independent forest certification and product labeling, helping consumers identify timber and products from responsibly managed woodlands. The FSC is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management.
We want forest owners and wood processors to have the option to add value to local products. We believe forest certification is one option in adding value to local products.
Forest certification is the process of inspecting forests to assess their management according to an agreed set of principles and criteria. These principles include recognition of indigenous peoples' rights, long term economic viability and protection of wildlife. This certification is emerging as a method to ensure, measure and value well-managed forest and woodlands.
We have auditors working with Soil Association Woodmark, who are accredited to conduct certification audits on forests and chain-of-custody audits for forest product businesses. The certification process requires third party, independent auditors.
For more information contact Larry Nall, FSC Woodmark auditor.