Community-based and small-scale timber producers in developing countries often face tough competition in the global timber market. Their small size and relative isolation make it difficult for them to negotiate good prices and access international markets.
In 2009, in response to the 2005 FSC General Assembly Motion 65, a pilot project by FSC and Fairtrade tested a system of dual certification. The project aimed to improve market opportunities for smaller, FSC-certified forest producers, by enabling consumers to better identify and buy products that support these producers and their communities.
In early 2012, the first dual-certified furniture products, made by Bolivian smallholder producers, were showcased by the German furniture company Quadrato. Soon after, Swedish floor company Kährs launched a flooring line sourced from smallholder producers in Chile with dual certification.
The project ended in December 2013, with many relevant lessons learned (see report below).
The findings will now serve as the basis for establishing an affordable and accessible dual certification system, and will be revisited in 2016.