About Cudahy Lumber’s FSC® Certification
The FSC® Principles and Criteria (P&C) set out best practices for forest management. In many countries, FSC® Regional or National Standards are developed by FSC® working groups. Regional and national standards transfer the P&C to the specific conditions and context found in each country or region.
Forest managers or owners who want to achieve FSC® Forest Management Certification contract an FSC® accredited certification body to carry out an assessment. The certification body checks that the operation complies with all relevant FSC® requirements. If it does, they issue a FSC® forest management certificate, which is valid for five years and monitored annually to make sure the company continues to meet FSC® standards. If the forest owner or manager wishes to sell FSC® certified products, they will also need chain of custody certification.
Chain of custody certification applies to manufacturers, processors and traders of FSC® certified forest products. It verifies FSC® certified forest products along the production chain. At each stage in the chain of processing and transformation, chain of custody certification is needed to confirm that FSC® certified wood products are kept separate from uncertified products, or mixed in approved ways.
For more information, please visit www.fsc.org.