An FSC© Primer
What is FSC?
FSC© is an acronymn for Forest Stewardship Council. This organization sets and maintains the FSC standards, but is not actually a certifying body. In Premier's case we are certified FSC by the Rainforest Alliance organization.
The FSC© does not issue certificates itself. The certification process is carried out by independent organizations called certification bodies. Before being able to certify according to FSC standards, certification bodies have to gain FSC accreditation. To do this, certifiers have to comply with an extensive set of rules.
FSC is the only global forest management certification system with an integrated accreditation program that systematically controls its certification bodies.
What does FSC represent?
FSC is about the controlled management of the source and use of wood products, and specifically, in our case, the source and use of paper as a wood product. FSC uses a 'chain of custody' program to ensure that all FSC partner vendors and manufacturers follow a strict set of guidelines in their utilization of wood products within their respective industries.
You can find a great summary of the FSC raison d'être here.
What does FSC represent for Premier?
As an FSC-certified vendor, Premier is annually audited for proper implementation of the FSC standards. We are required to seek FSC-approval for every job utilizing the FSC brand. We are able to add the FSC brand to all jobs that require the use of FSC-approved substrates. In addition, we are able to demonstrate our commitment to sound, responsible and reasonable environmental stewardship.
What does FSC represent for our clients?
As a client, you are able to produce work with knowingly-sound environmental practice. More and more people recognize the importance of environmental stewardship. More and more also recognize the branding of organizations whose mission it is to standardize environmentally-sound procedures. We are able to assist you in the use and implementation of FSC-certified substrates and the placement of approved FSC branding on your print products.
As always, if you have any questions regarding FSC or require assistance in accurate implementation of this standard, please contact us!