Profit through Innovation – Best practices in responsible paper sourcing

Starting at the source: responsible forest management

Responsible forest management is the cornerstone of responsible paper sourcing. There are various certification bodies, of which the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) are amongst the most well-known. The stringent standard sets out 10 principles and a series of related criteria to which forestry operations must adhere if they are to receive certification.

The roots of the FSC can be traced back to the early 1990s, when a diverse group got together to discuss setting up the world’s first forest certification organisation. Comprising environmental NGOs, indigenous peoples, forestry organisations as well as big retailers, they laid out agreements on what standards would be required and how the organisation would be orchestrated. In the 14 years since its establishment in 1993, over 92 million hectares of forest have been certified in 76 countries1. While the driver for the creation of the FSC may have come from non-regulating bodies, consumers are showing a greater awareness for these products. In 2003 alone, the amount of paper produced to FSC standards in Europe quadrupled.

via Profit through Innovation – Best practices in responsible paper sourcing.


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