In 2011 the FSC membership mandated FSC to conduct a chamber-balanced study to evaluate the risks and benefits of valuing pre-consumer reclaimed paper fibre materials as FSC certified content. The membership's direction requested assessment from a market, environmental and social perspective, as well as exploration of where best to value pre-consumer fibres in FSC paper products.
A discussion paper has been draft based on stakeholder input collected through a FSC membership survey, a stakeholder workshop in May 2012 and phone interviews with U.S. and Canadian paper companies conducted from December 2012 to February 2013.
Between 25, September 2013 and 15 January, 2014 the discussion paper was publicly consulted with the FSC membership and interested stakeholders.
The results of the study and consultation feedback showed a strong support to the proposal of granting pre-consumer reclaimed fibre a better value.
The discussion paper and the membership survey results were presented to the FSC Board in July 2014, that decided to grant the pre-consumer paper fibre the same value as post-consumer material and as certified virgin fibre. The results of this process are being incorporated into the draft FSC-STD-40-004.
The discussion paper and a summary of the FSC membership survey can be accessed here.