FSC’s forest management certification is awarded to organizations managing their forest operations in socially, environmentally and economically responsible ways. The management of both natural and plantation forests falls under forest management certification.
Any company involved in the processing or transformation of FSC-certified products (e.g. manufacturing, repackaging, or re-labelling) must obtain chain of custody certification to apply an FSC label to their products and/or sell them with an FSC claim.
Companies that buy finished products, labelled as FSC, from an FSC-certified company may apply for a promotional licence to use the FSC trademarks in promotional materials and marketing campaigns.
Chain-of-custody group certification is a tool available to help small businesses become FSC certified. Companies can join existing group certificates, as a more cost-effective option than becoming certified on their own.