As a buyer do you consider FSC Certification when buying your paper products!

August 30th, 2012

For that matter do you consider FSC for any wood or wood pulp based products that you buy on behalf of your company?

If you don’t you should!

At this point you might be asking what is FSC and why should I care? FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council and there are a couple of types of important certifications that they offer. The first is the Forest Management Certification which is aimed at forest managers and owners, and the other is Chain of Custody Certification which is aimed at manufacturers, processors and commodity traders of forest based products.

The certifications mentioned above establish and outline the best practices management and national standards of forests in many countries.

The question as to why one should care is because this is a great way to support your company’s Corporate Social Repsonsibilty (CSR) initiatives and triple bottom line (TBL) accounting from an environmental perspective. The question a buyer might ask is; why should we buy wood based products from countries that do not support FSC standards or its certifications? And tangentially manufacturers that don’t either.

As you develop your sourcing strategies, consider solution providers that ask these types of questions and support these types of certifications in their supplier research and databases. It’s a socially responsible ting to do and a way to pay your straegies forward by doing business with suppliers that support the programs and strategies that you do.

If you like to learn more about the SafeSourceIt™ Supplier Database and our list of supplier certifications, please contact a SafeSourcing customer services representative.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

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