THE FSC® CERTIFICATION
FSC certification provides a mechanism for companies, organizations, and communities to certify that their goods are realized with raw materials coming from well-managed forests, that respect the environmental, social and economic “Principles & Criteria” of FSC. The FSC forest management takes into consideration all applicable laws and international treaties, vegetative plants cycles, economic well-being of forest workers and of local communities, as well as respect of worker’s rights. FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of world’s forests.
FSC as established by universally recognized environmentalist associations as Greenpeace, WWF, native people, development cooperation organizations, forest managers, workers, wood industries and forest scientists has got the purpose of stopping forest destruction.
In practice, this means that when someone buys from a FSC certified company, he is buying a good that respects the environment and forests: the FSC label ensures that the forest products used to realized it are from responsibly harvested and verified sources.
An FSC-labelled good is not necessarily more expensive than any other one, and it also contributes to saving the planet!
Preferring an FSC-labelled good means to support all those companies who are day by day protecting and preserving the environment through responsible business. Many forests in the world have already been certified: from Scandinavian pine plantation, to fir-tree and larch Italian alpine forest, to East-Europe oaks and beech woods, to Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico tropical forests. By January 2015 the total FSC-certified area in the world is over 184 million ha in 81 countries (51.099 ha also in Italy) and there are over 28.680 industries certified according the Chain of Custody in 114 countries (1.896 in Italy).
Many types of products are FSC-labelled, such as furniture, kitchenware, tissue and printing paper, towels, wooden floors, and many others made of non-wooden forest products (rubber, walnut, fruits of the forest, etc.).