FSC Forest Certified Approved By SGS Good News from Guangdong Hongye Furniture Manufacturing Co.,Ltd.
At the weekend of March 5, staffs of Hongye Shengda Furniture Company were thrilled to have embraced a piece of good news. Passing an international certification made by SGS — FSC Forest Certification. Congratulation! For the FSC will be our ace for bidding in office furniture tenders.
FSC is a global forest certification system established for forests and forest products. From the perspective of the WWF this voluntary mechanism can be regarded as one of the more interesting initiatives of the last decade to promote better forest management. A number of alternative national and regional forest certification bodies also exist around the globe
FSC has 10 Principles and associated Criteria (FSC P&C) that form the basis for all FSC forest management standards and certification. FSC International sets the framework for developing and maintaining international, national and sub-national standards. This is intended to ensure that the process for developing FSC policies and standards is transparent, independent and participatory.
In February 2012 the FSC membership approved the first major revision to the FSC P&C, in order to bring FSC certification up to date. The review and revision of the FSC P&C began in 2008 and gathered feedback from many FSC members and other stakeholders.
The revision of the FSC P&C also marked the start of a process of developing baseline requirements for each of the revised Criteria. These baseline requirements, called International Generic Indicators (IGIs), are intended to ensure consistent application of the FSC P&C across all countries. Where national standards are not currently established, the IGIs will be used as interim standards.
Forest management certification
Forest management certification is a voluntary process for verifying responsible forest practices. It is up to a forest owner, or representative of a group of forest owners and operators, to initiate the certification process by requesting an independent certifier to inspect the forest and to see if the management meets the FSC requirements for certification, encapsulated in the FSC P&C. Only an FSC accredited certification body can evaluate, monitor and certify companies to FSC standards. Only continuous compliance can assure that certificate holders can keep their certificates. Certificate holders are charged annual fees to renew their accreditation.
The FSC P&C apply to all tropical, temperate and boreal forests and many to plantations and partially replanted forests. Though mainly designed for forest management for timber products, they are also largely relevant for non-timber products (e.g. Brazil nuts) and other environmental services such as clean water and air and carbon sequestration. The FSC Principles are a complete package and their sequence does not represent an ordering of priority. Prior to the revision process which ended in February 2012.