use FSC certified paper.
FSC regards legality as an essential, but not necessarily sufficient, step towards sustainable forest management worldwide.
All countries with forests have rules to manage ownership and harvesting rights, to contain possible environmental and social impacts, and to govern trade and export.
FSC, therefore, applauds legislation adopted in the USA, the EU and Australia, to prevent the use of illegally harvested timber, both imported and domestically produced. Similar legislation in Switzerland demands transparency about the origin and species of imported timber.
In the USA and the EU, governments do not recognize privately certified timber as automatically complying with the law. In the USA, legislation suggests the companies which trade, use and/or market timber apply ‘due care’ to ensure compliance, while in the EU and in Australia there are specific requirements for a ‘due diligence’ system. In the EU, companies can use (FSC) certification as part of their due diligence system.
In Australia, FSC is recognized as a “Timber Legality Framework”, but (as it looks now) this seems to facilitate, but not replace, the requirement of having a due diligence system. More clarity is expected about this soon.
Timber legality legislation in the USA, Europe and Australia is obviously important to FSC certificate holders in those countries, but it also has implications for those who directly or indirectly supply these timber markets from abroad.
FSC seeks to ensure that its certification system is contributing to the elimination of illegal logging, respecting the requirements of those governments that have introduced specific legislation. But it does not lose sight of the fact that legality is just the first step towards sustainability.
FSC and the US Lacey Act