NORCROSS, Ga., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisource Worldwide, Inc., one
of the leading distributors of paper, packaging and facility supplies in
North America, has earned nationwide Chain-of-Custody certification.
Unisource was certified by SGS -- the world's leading inspection,
verification, testing and certification company -- at all Unisource
distribution centers and PaperPlus locations. SGS is recognized as the
global benchmark for quality and integrity.
Chain-of-Custody tracks paper products throughout their life cycle
beginning with proper forestry management all the way to consumption by the
end-user. Companies, such as Unisource, play a vital role in maintaining
integrity throughout the entire distribution chain.
Unisource's warehouse facilities are now certified by three independent
forest management agencies. Unisource is the first national distributor to
earn three certifications, including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC),
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the prestigious Program for
Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The three certifications extend
to March 2012.
The FSC has developed a set of principles and criteria for responsible
forest management that is consistently applied to all FSC-certified forests
worldwide. The program certifies wood products recognized as coming from
"well-managed" forests adhering to strict environmental and socioeconomic
standards. SFI is a program based on nine principles that address economic,
environmental, cultural and legal issues, in addition to a commitment to
continuously improve sustainable forest management. PEFC is a global
organization for the assessment of national forest certification schemes
developed in a multi-stakeholder process. These national schemes build upon
the inter-governmental processes for the promotion of sustainable forest
management, a series of ongoing mechanisms supported by 149 governments in
the world and covering 85 percent of the world's forest area.
"Our Chain-of-Custody certification is a prestigious seal of approval,
and it provides assurances to our customers that we are following best
practices and fulfilling our responsibilities in forest management," said
Ed Farley, Unisource Vice President, Marketing - Paper. "The market demand
for Chain-of- Custody is continuing to increase, particularly in the paper
industry, and our certification strengthens our commitment to environmental
Unisource's Paper businesses include Websource, a paper broker with
expertise in servicing the commercial printing web market; Rollsource, the
industry leader in the specialized converting of commercial printing paper
for distribution in the business forms and direct mail industries;
PaperPlus, Unisource's specialty local retail store concept servicing small
commercial and quick printers in select markets; and Paper Solution, which
offers customers a streamlined selection of high-volume paper products. In
addition, Unisource also owns Graphic Communications, a full-service paper
and print brokerage that services a wide variety of regional, national and
These businesses supply commercial printers and publishers and a broad
range of industry segments with the leading brands of paper and imaging
supplies. Unisource also sells its own private label brands that offer
quality at an affordable price. The company's product lines are designed to
meet customer needs across the full range of business paper for all
communication applications. This includes books, catalogs, manuals, forms,
brochures, booklets, letters, newsletters, flyers, reporting, advertising
and direct mail.
For more information on Unisource Paper products, please visit
www.unisourcelink.com, or contact Unisource at 1-800-unisource.
Note: Unisource Worldwide, Inc. Chain-of-Custody certification numbers
are as follows:
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -- SGS-COC-003630
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) -- US/07/SFI/036 NCS-SFICOC-037
Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) -- SGS-PEFC/COC-
About Unisource Worldwide, Inc.
Unisource Worldwide, Inc., (www.unisourcelink.com) is a leading
independent marketer and distributor of commercial printing and business
imaging papers, packaging systems and facility supplies and equipment in
North America. Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., Unisource is one of the
largest private companies in the United States and offers the most
comprehensive suite of products and services in the industry. With
approximately 6,500 team members - including approximately 2,600 sales,
customer service and technical support specialists; 100 distribution
centers, and a fleet of approximately 1,300 vehicles - Unisource can
deliver what your business needs when and where you want it - locally,
regionally and nationally.
SOURCE Unisource Worldwide, Inc.