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Principles, criteria and indicators
There are ten principles that any forest operation must adhere to before it can receive FSC forest management certification. These principles cover a broad range of issues, from maintaining high conservation values to community relations and workers’ rights, as well as monitoring the environmental and social impacts of the forest management.
FSC also provides a number of criteria relating to each principle to provide practical ways of working out whether they are being followed.
Our principles have been developed to be applicable worldwide and relevant to all kinds of forest ecosystems, as well as a wide range of cultural, political and legal settings.
The two relevant documents below are available to download in the document centre:
FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2 FSC Principles and Criteria for Forest Stewardship are designed to serve as a common starting point for developing National Forest Stewardship Standards.
FSC-STD-60-004-20 V2-0 International Generic Indicators.
National & interim national standards
FSC’s Principles and Criteria set out the global requirements for responsible forest management. Chamber-balanced standard development groups (SDG) adapt the International Generic Indicators at the regional or national level to reflect the diverse legal, social and geographical conditions of forests in different parts of the world. The resulting adjustment is incorporated into a National Forest Stewardship Standard.
The following relevant document is available in the document centre:
FSC-STD-60-002 V1-0 Structure and Content of National Forest Stewardship Standards.
In countries lacking a National Forest Stewardship Standard, a technical working group can form and develop an interim national forest standard. More information about this process is available in the following document which can be accessed in the document centre:
FSC-PRO-60-007 V1-1 Structure, Content and Development of Interim National Standards.
Group & SLIMF certification
FSC certificate holders can also join together to form a group certification scheme and share their efforts for forest management planning, harvesting, monitoring and marketing their products. Group certification makes it easier, particularly for smallholders, to become FSC certified, as it enables group members to share costs and workload for applying and maintaining an FSC certificate.
Small or low-intensity managed forests (SLIMF) are eligible for streamlined requirements and auditing procedures that reduce the costs and efforts of the certification.
Many countries have developed specific forest management requirements for SLIMF in their national standards, to facilitate the certification process for smallholders. Check your national standard, or talk to your national or regional office to find out if this is the case in your country.
Similarly, the auditing process can be relaxed for SLIMF operations.
The following relevant document can be downloaded from the document centre:
FSC-STD-01-003 V1-0 SLIMF Eligibility Criteria.
FSC-STD-30-005 FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups
FSC-STD-20-007 Forest Management Evaluations
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The international PEFC quality mark guarantees that wood and paper products come from a sustainably managed forest and that the forest is preserved.
Buyers of wood and wood products are bombarded with questions about “sustainability, CSR” and “is it certified?” not only from their own organization but also from the consumer. Many companies also have a policy in which “sustainable” plays an important role. The social pressure to “do it right” is increasing. Ultimately, the demand from the market for sustainable and certified wood comes to the forest owner. Without certification, wood is more difficult to sell, especially if the customer asks for it.
The internationally recognized PEFC quality mark is a good answer to all questions. With PEFC’s comprehensive package of requirements, the forest owner guarantees that the sustainability requirements of your clients are met in all areas. A PEFC-certified forest is the basis of certified wood products.
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Timber Legality Verification
Being a globally acknowledged third-party Conformity Assessment Body, CUC provides impartial, professionally competent, and objective assessment and certification services to establish confidence and trust, and to enable our clients to showcase their commitment, among others in forestry and forest products. We are formally recognised by the European Commission as a Monitoring Organisation (MO). In order to further develop our services for the sector’s needs, we established the Timber Legality Verification (TLV) standard, aligned with the EUTR and the US Lacey Act. There is a growing worldwide interest in this standard from companies and other organisations in order to demonstrate that they are minimising the risks of illegal harvesting and trading of their timber products.
Five-year certificates are issued, and annual surveillance audits are carried out. A valid certificate also permits your company or organisation to make claims about your commitment to legal timber sourcing.
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Certification for KOMO
SKH is accredited to certify for the KOMO quality mark, based on an Assessment Directive (AD). KOMO is the quality label for construction and is an international concept. The KOMO quality mark is managed by the KOMO Foundation (‘Stichting KOMO’), based in Gouda. SKH issues KOMO® quality declarations to producers or suppliers of wood, wood products, wood constructions, other products and services.
What do you achieve with the SKH Quality mark?
A manufacturer or supplier receives a KOMO® quality statement if the product or service it provides meets the requirements as set out in the so-called Assessment Directive and when it’s determined and checked in an objective review by an independent expert such as SKH in Wageningen. SKH specializes in KOMO certification of wood and building components, roofs, doors, wood and woody sheet materials, polymer products and play equipment. Because the KOMO quality label recognizes a very broad acceptance and applies as a preferential quality distinction, it makes an excellent contribution to your market positions.
KOMO quality mark for your organization? SKH is pleased to guide you
In SKH you will find an experienced certification institution with customer focus and expertise. SKH certifies for KOMO with attention and open eye for your interests. Contact us for more information about SKH and the KOMO quality label.