FSC – Forest Stewardship Council – certification responds to an ever-increasing need for sustainability. The system certifies the origin of the wood and paper, certifying their origin from correctly and responsibly managed forests, according to strict environmental, social and economic standards.

Gazzotti has chosen to be FSC certified in order to guarantee the origin of the raw material, while also contributing to the growth of the sustainable forest products market. And indeed, the FSC certification helps to understand the risks associated with the clearance of woodland and illegal deforestation, namely some of the factors responsible for climate change. Thus, FSC certification also means to offer more benefits to workers, local populations, ecosystems and biodiversity.

 

FSC certification

The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management. The organisms of certification are in turn accredited by the international accreditation body ASI (Assurance Services International).

The FSC certification refers to products of forest origin, therefore to wood, to wood-based products and wood derivatives. Non-timber products – such as mushrooms, honey, berries, etc. –  can also be FSC-certified. The basic requirement is that they come from correctly managed and certified forests as such.

FSC issues three types of certifications: Forest Management (FM), Chain of Custody (CoC) and Controlled Wood (CW).

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Forest Management Certification

Responsible Forest Management certification guarantees that a forest or a forest plantation are managed to meet standards based on the 10 Principles and 70 Criteria (P&C), defined and kept updated by FSC with the participation of all interested parties.

The P&Cs are valid worldwide and applicable to different forest and management ecosystems, as well as to different cultural, political and legislative fields. Starting from here, the International Generic Indicators were defined, with the aim of supporting the transfer of P&Cs to a set of indicators adapted to the national context. Indeed, the goal is to develop National Standards that are in line with what is established at an international level.

Forest Management certification alone does not allow you to sell wood or others non-timber forest products as certified, nor to label them with the FSC label. And this is why Gazzotti has the Chain of Custody certification.

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Chain of Custody Certification

The Chain of Custody certification ensures traceability throughout the various stages of transformation and marketing of materials from FSC-certified forests. It is an indispensable document in order to apply the FSC labels on the products.

Products bearing the FSC logo may contain, in addition to certified virgin materials, also recycled materials and controlled wood.

Controlled wood: ensure high standards for non-FSC certified material

Controlled Wood is a material that can be mixed with certified wood when making products labeled as FSC Mix. It is considered the first step towards full Forest Management certification. The supply of controlled material can also take place through Forest Management certification for Controlled Wood, with standards relating to both Forest Management and the Chain of Custody.

Only material from FSC-accepted sources can be used as controlled wood. There are five categories of unacceptable material that absolutely cannot be mixed with FSC-certified material: illegally harvested wood, in violation of traditional and civil rights or in forests converted to plantations or to other non-forest uses. But also wood from forests where High Conservation Values are threatened by management activities or where genetically engineered trees are used.

Thanks to the FSC certification, a company like Gazzotti can guarantee the market about the origin of the wood used for their products and therefore communicate in a clear, transparent and safe manner its active contribution to responsible forest management. More and more consumers, in fact, are aiming today for greater environmental awareness, by researching both the products’ quality and a conscious purchase.