FSC Chain of Custody FAQ
- 1. What is FSC Chain of Custody?
- The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an
independent stakeholder-managed body that promotes the
responsible management of the world’s forests. Its Chain of
Custody scheme provides independent third party assurance
that the certified timber or paper products originate from
well managed forests, and that these products are not mixed
with products from uncertified forests at any point in the
supply chain, except under strict controls.
- 2. What are the key elements of the Chain of Custody
The standard defines and addresses the basic elements
of a Chain of Custody management system:
- Quality management: responsibilities, procedures and
- Product scope: definition of product groups and
- Material sourcing: material specifications
- Material receipt and storage: identification and
- Production control: control of quantities and
determination of FSC claims
- Sales and delivery: invoicing and transport
- Labelling: application of FSC labels on-product and
- 3. What are the benefits of FSC Chain of Custody
- It provides added value to your product, giving it a
verifiable social and environmental quality.
- It demonstrates that you take the environmental
concerns of your customers and staff seriously.
- It assists with continued market access in an
increasingly environmentally aware sector.
- 4. How can HPA help?
- Through every stage of the process, HPA can help your business to prepare for
third party assessment for the FSC Chain of Custody
standard. We partner with you at every step to make sure the
whole compliance experience is as simple and cost effective
as it can be.
- 5. What does this cost?
- The straightforward answer is that FSC Chain
of Custody certification does not cost that much compared to
the benefits of becoming registered. Government grants of up
to half the fees may be available. Our own in-house
payment plan options can also help to spread the cost.