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What is FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification?

FSC CoC certification refers to Forest Stewardship Council’s Chain-of-Custody certification. It is a globally recognized certification system that ensures the traceability of wood and wood-based products throughout the supply chain. The FSC CoC certification provides assurance that the wood used in a product comes from responsibly managed forests or other controlled sources.

The CoC certification verifies the flow of wood from its origin through all stages of processing, manufacturing, transformation, storage, and distribution. It enables companies to make credible claims about the origin and sustainability of their wood products.

By obtaining FSC CoC certification, companies demonstrate their commitment to responsible sourcing and support the conservation of forests, biodiversity, and the rights of local communities. It also helps meet the increasing demand from consumers and businesses for environmentally and socially responsible products.

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What are the types of FSC Certificates?

FSC CoC certification is based on the FSC Chain-of-Custody Standard, which sets out requirements for tracking and documenting the flow of certified wood and wood-based materials.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) offers several types of certificates to recognize different aspects of responsible forest management and chain-of-custody practices. The main types of FSC certificates are as follows:

Forest Management (FM) Certificate

This certificate is awarded to forest owners and managers who demonstrate compliance with FSC's internationally recognized principles and criteria for responsible forest management. It verifies that the forests are managed in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable manner.

Chain-of-Custody (CoC) Certificate

This certificate is granted to companies involved in the processing, manufacturing, and trading of forest products. It ensures that the certified products can be tracked from the forest source to the end consumer, providing assurance of responsible sourcing and supporting the demand for sustainable products.

Controlled Wood (CW) Certificate

This certificate is applicable to companies that want to demonstrate responsible sourcing of wood from controlled sources. Controlled wood is non-certified material that has been assessed to meet specific FSC requirements, such as avoiding wood from illegal logging, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and sources that violate traditional and human rights.

Project Certification

FSC also offers project-level certification, which assesses the sustainable management of forests or the responsible sourcing of wood for specific projects or initiatives. This type of certification is often relevant for large-scale developments, construction projects, or specific supply chains.

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FSC Trademark logos

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has developed several trademark logos that can be used by certified organizations to promote their commitment to responsible forest management and the use of FSC-certified products. These logos help consumers and businesses identify and make informed choices about products that come from well-managed forests. Here are the main FSC trademark logos:

FSC 100%

This logo is used on products that are made entirely from FSC-certified materials sourced from well-managed forests.

FSC Recycled

This logo indicates that a product is made from post-consumer or post-industrial recycled materials. It assures consumers that the product promotes responsible resource use through recycling.


The FSC Mix logo is used on products that contain a mix of FSC-certified material, recycled material, and/or controlled wood. This logo indicates that the product supports responsible forest management and responsible material sourcing.

FSC Controlled Wood

This logo is used on products that include controlled wood, which is material that has been assessed and verified to have met FSC requirements for avoiding wood from controversial sources.

Who can avail FSC CoC Certification?

FSC CoC (Chain of Custody) Certification is available to a wide range of organizations involved in the processing, manufacturing, trading, and distribution of forest products. The certification ensures that the wood or forest-based products being traded or sold come from responsibly managed sources.
Here are some examples of organizations that can avail FSC CoC Certification:

Forest product manufacturers

This includes companies involved in processing wood into various products such as lumber, furniture, paper, packaging materials, and more.

Retailers and distributors

Organizations involved in the sale and distribution of forest-based products, including retail stores, wholesalers, and e-commerce platforms.

Printers and publishers

Companies involved in the printing and publishing industry that use paper or wood-based products.

Paper mills

Facilities that manufacture paper and paper-based products from wood fiber.

Packaging companies

Organizations that produce packaging materials using forest products, such as boxes, cartons, and containers.

Print and copy shops

Small-scale printers or copy centers that handle paper-based products.

Viscose yarn & fabric

Companies that produce viscose yarn and fabric from viscose yarn.

Promotional & branded materials

Companies that produce promotional items, branded materials, or merchandise made from forest products, such as pens, stationery, and apparel.

FSC certification bodies

Independent organizations that provide certification services to verify compliance with FSC CoC standards.

Cost of FSC Certification

The cost of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification can vary depending on several factors, including the size and complexity of the organization, the scope of certification, the number of locations involved, and the chosen certification body. It is best to contact us an FSC accredited certification body to get an accurate quote based on your specific circumstances.
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