The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international l independent and non-profit organization which aims to promote the good management of forest resources. This goal is promoted through the creation of credible standards recognized by in the industrial, environmental and social realms.
Some of the best-known names in the environmental and production fields support the FSC, including environmental organizations such as Greenpeace and WWF as well as companies such as: and WWF as well as companies such as Tetra Pak®, Tembec, Suzano, Stora Enso, SCA, Sappi, IKEA, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), CEPI (Belgium), B&Q (UK), ASDI and Auraco.
The FSC standards provide for the certification of the forests of origin (Forest Management, FM), and of the companies that transform the base wood material into wood or paper products (Chain of Custody, COC).
The FSC brand identifies products made with raw materials deriving from ethically managed forests or plantations according to the principles and criteria of the two main standards:
- Forest management certification (FM)
- FSC chain of custody certification
FSC® certification: certification code FSC-N001886
Delivering FSC certification services in association with Interface NRM.
Vireo undertakes to issue the certificates within 10 working days from the date of the audit. In the event of particular urgency, companies can inform Vireo of their needs in order to shorten the time required for issuing the certificate.
Please note that obtaining the certificate is subject to the positive outcome of the audit.
FSC certificates are valid for five years.
Vireo, as a certification body, always takes care to inform companies in their portfolio that their certification is about to expire.
About four months before the certification is due to expire, Vireo Customer Service contacts the company to manage all the documentation for the renewal of the certificate, so that the company is not left uncovered.
If, on the other hand, the company decides not to renew the certificate and realizes, once the expiration date has passed, that they do still need certification, they can contact Vireo to plan an audit with the highest priority so that a new valid certificate can be issued. The certificate code and the license code for using the FSC trademarks can also be retrieved with an expired certificate.
FSC certified wood and paper products are identified by an on-product label. Each label contains a unique license code that identifies the certified organization that manufactured the product.
On the FSC International portal, in the Document Centre section, the most updated version of all the standards for certification is always available.
On the Vireo website, in the download section, the updated versions of the Chain of Custody Standard and the Standard for the use of FSC Trademarks by Certificate Holders are available.
In the event of particular updates to the standards, Vireo offers training courses to inform companies about the principal updates and the changes they entail The courses are always free for companies certified by Interface/Vireo.
As companies are located throughout the Italy, Vireo usually organizes Webinars (web conferences) to make matters easier. In this way, companies are able to participate in the update meetings without the need to travel!
The FSC chain of custody standard is an internationally recognized standard.
Having been awarded the certification, companies can demonstrate their commitment to the environment publicly and can access a market that would otherwise would be out of reach.
The FSC logo is recognized as a symbol of responsibly managed forests. There are three types of labels that can be used on various categories of FSC certified products (paper, cardboard, wood, panels, textile fibres…):
- FSC 100%: means all wood, paper and/or other wood-based materials within the product come completely from FSC-certified forests
- FSC Misto: indica i prodotti che contengono almeno il 70% di materia proveniente da foreste certificate o da riciclo e la restante percentuale da fonti controllate (Controlled wood)
- FSC Recycled: means all wood, paper and/or other wood-based materials in a product come from recycled or reclaimed (re-used) material.
Controlled wood is a category of material from sources which are acceptable to FSC as, although it does not represent a certified material, it guarantees companies and consumers compliance with certain minimum criteria established by the Forest Stewardship Council. Controlled wood is combined with FSC 100% or FSC Recycled material to make an FSC Mix certified paper, wood or textile product.
FSC Chain of Custody certification
The chain of custody (Chain of Custody, CoC) is a mechanism that ensures the traceability of materials from FSC certified forests, through all the production, processing and commercial stages, up to the creation of the finished product. Each link in this imaginary chain is independently checked by the certification body. This control system guarantees the final consumer that the products bearing the FSC brand actually come from forests which are managed ethically and responsibly.
FSC has established, through a series of standards, what mechanisms companies must put in place to meet the requirements that guarantee traceability of all materials. FSC standards are subject to periodic reviews that ensure continuous improvement.
Which businesses need certification?
FSC certification is on a voluntary basis. Anyone who wants to sell material as FSC certified should be in possession of the Chain of Custody certification.
The FSC logo (a stylized tree with FSC written underneath it), the wording Forest Stewardship Council® and the acronym FSC are protected by copyright and subject to protection legislation.
How can a company obtain certification?
Firstly, the company must independently prepare the documents and procedures necessary to meet the requirements of the Chain of Custody standard. Subsequently, the certification body carries out an audit at the company, to verify that the procedures implemented meet the requirements of the standard. If the audit is passed, the company obtains a FSC certificate, valid for 5 years. In order for the certificate to remain valid, the certification body conducts, for the entire duration of the certificate, periodic audits to ensure the company complies with the FSC standards.
For more detailed information and to request a quote, contact us through the Contacts page.
What should a company do if it realizes that its certificate has expired?
If a company realizes that its certificate has expired, they can contact us to request a quote for the renewal of the certification.
Vireo will manage all the necessary documentation as soon as possible and plan the audit with the highest priority.
Call us without obligation to get more information!
Delivering FSC certification services in association with Interface NRM.
PROCEDURE FOR FSC/PEFC APPEALS AND REPORTS
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE USE OF THE PEFC TRADEMARKS
PEFC CHAIN OF CUSTODY STANDARD ITA 1002-2020
NEW STANDARD FOR THE USE OF FSC TRADEMARKS: FSC-STD-50-001, V2-1
NEW CHAIN OF CUSTODY STANDARD FSC-STD-40-004 V3.1
TONDIN PORTE SRL
We have always looked for experience and reliability in our partners, but fundamental for us is also the sharing and alignment with our corporate philosophy, characteristics that we have positively found in every collaboration with Vireo, initially for FSC® certification and now also for ISO9001 certification.
We were looking for a certifying body in tune with our style characterized by constructive participation and growth in education and awareness, so that certifications are attestations of improvement processes, useful to all stakeholders in the work and social contexts of the enterprise. We chose Vireo and found the partner we were looking for, who added promptness, simplicity, rapidity in the professional relationship to expertise.
OFFICINE GRAFICHE SC
For us at Officine Grafiche, adhering to FSC® Certification means making a choice of responsibility and sharing ethical values. It means giving a concrete sign of one’s contribution to the growth of a “sustainable” entrepreneurship in which every stakeholder in the supply chain can contribute to the preservation of our planet’s resources. Achieving FSC® Certification has positively impacted brand image because it identifies Officine Grafiche and our customers who choose FSC® certified materials as “green” inspired, environmentally conscious companies in the interest of the community.
ARTI GRAFICHE STUDIO 83
Since 2011, Studio 83 Graphic Arts has been FSC certified with Vireo!
We met Vireo in 2010 with FSC Certification in 2010. We always got along very well over the years. Since 2016 in order to have a single point of contact, we have also switched with your institution for ISO 9001 Certification. So far we have never had any problems and have always been comfortable!
CARTIERE DEL CHIESE SPA
The balance on the working relationship that has now existed for several years between Cartiera del Chiese SPA and Vireo is definitely positive. Witness to this is the fact that in addition to product certifications such as FSC, PEFC and Blue Angel, in 2016 we also relied on Vireo for ISO 14001/2015 certification. For Cartiera del Chiese, which is located in an environmentally difficult context, it was of paramount importance to obtain a Certified Environmental Management System that is recognized by all the controlling bodies such as the Municipality, Arpa and the Province. We certainly have to acknowledge Vireo, in addition to the professionalism and competence in conducting inspection visits, the timely willingness of the staff to pick up the issues that a structured and articulated company like ours often has.
Headu cares about the environment and wants to make a concrete contribution to the preservation of natural resources for future generations. That is why ours is an FSC-certified company. We achieved this through collaboration with Vireo, an entity that supported us during the initial process and still supports us competently, effectively, and quickly. An ideal partner for our company.
We found in Vireo a reliable and professionally trained partner!
We are very pleased to have met the Vireo company on our way. Vireo staff have always been very helpful, kind, and knowledgeable for any clarification, doubt, or difficulty encountered throughout the years. This resulted in a feeling of protection and tranquility that, nowadays, is not easy to experience.
We started working with Vireo about ten years ago, acquiring FSC and PEFC certifications. The professionalism and seriousness of the staff have always proven to be a guarantee of reliability and competence, in every situation.