Chain of Custody Certifications
Abundant Forrest Alliance
Composed of members of the North American wood and paper
products industry. The alliance's goals are to manage the delicate
balance between supplying wood and paper products; maintaining
healthy, abundant forests; and protecting trees, soil, air, water
and wildlife habitats. The group advocates sustainable forest
practices, such as harvesting and replanting, as well as recycling.
Chlorine Free Products Association
The Chlorine Free Products Association focuses on promoting
sustainable manufacturing practices, implementing advanced
technologies free of chlorine chemistry, educating consumers on
alternatives, and developing world markets for sustainably produced
third party certified products and services.
Forrest Stewardship Council (FSC)
FSC has developed a set of Principles and Criteria for forest
management that are applicable to all FSC-certified forests
throughout the world. There are 10 Principles and 57 Criteria that
address legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple
benefits, and environmental impacts surrounding forest management.
(Programme for the Endorsement of Forest
An independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation,
founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through
independent third party certification. The PEFC provides an
assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that
they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and
ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices,
business practices and consumer behavior.
Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI)
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program is a
comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance
measures developed by professional foresters, conservationists and
scientists, among others that combines the perpetual growing and
harvesting of trees with the long-term protection of wildlife,
plants, soil and water quality.
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