3 Reasons Why Forest Certification Is Good Business

You may have heard that forest certification, such as Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®), is good for the environment because it promotes the responsible use of this precious natural resource.  But did you know that internationally recognized third party certification holds a host of other benefits as well?

  1. Transparency—Strong reputations lead to measureable results. Measureable results such as an extended customer base, more stable returns, community goodwill, or the ability to acquire and retain the best talent. Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification is the most effective means of providing transparency, by creating an auditable path from the forest to the consumer.
  2. Future Forests —Certified products mean certified forests. Certification schemes help to protect our natural environment by reassuring customers that their fiber does not come from irresponsible or illegal sources. By purchasing certified paper, you can rest easy knowing that you are contributing to the sustainable growth, harvest and utilization of our natural forests, helping to ensure they remain forests for generations to come.
  3. We the People—Forest certification prioritizes the health, safety and rights of workers and local and indigenous communities. Certification assures that the livelihoods of those who depend on the forest and natural environment to survive have a voice, and in some instances can also offer employment and community investment opportunities.

The bottom line is that forest certification helps to protect your environmental capital (natural resources), economic capital (income and revenue) and social capital (workers and citizens). And because users know where their paper comes from, certified products can limit your reputational risk in a global marketplace with increasingly complex supply chains.

Learn more about the benefits forest certification offers people, planet and profits at https://us.fsc.org/.

 

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