Chain of Custody Certification

Helping consumers make responsible choices

FSC is there from the beginning to the end. (© FSC A.C.)© FSC A.C.Between the forest and the final consumer, forest products may undergo many stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution.

FSC Chain of Custody certification verifies that FSC certified material is identified or kept segregated from non-certified or non-controlled material through this chain. 


FSC Chain of Custody certification allows companies to label their FSC products, which in turn enables consumers to identify and choose products that support responsible forest management.

Mixing of FSC certified and non-certified products must be done under controlled procedures that meet the FSC Chain of Custody requirements.

Chain of Custody certification is essential for businesses seeking to access environmentally and socially aware markets, or to demonstrate compliance with public and private procurement policies that specify environmentally responsible materials. These include the EU Ecolabel scheme for furniture, or the US Green Building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

Learn more about FSC Chain of Custody.

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