The FSC is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging responsible management of the world's forests. FSC certification is a voluntary, market-based tool that supports responsible forest management worldwide.
The Center for Forest and Wood Certification helps local forest owners achieve FSC certification by centralizing efforts into a group forest management certificate. Group certification is designed to make certification more practical and affordable by relieving member owners of the responsibility for many of the administrative processes related to certification. The Center is a unique partnership venture that brings together the forest industry, consulting foresters, and non-profits. Housed at the University of Kentucky, the Center manages the certification of forest owners and develops programs for forest industry, loggers, and foresters to aid in promoting certification and ultimately the development of well managed forests.
"The Center for Forest and Wood Certification is commendably helping small scale, family-owned forest businesses gain access to certification," said Robert J. Hrubes, Senior Vice President of SCS. "FSC certification can give rural landowners recognition in the marketplace for their responsible management of forest resources."
"The Center is designed to provide solutions that encourage forest and wood certification. The Center works along the supply chain to facilitate the management, production, harvest, and processing of certified fiber. The forest management group certificate is an integral part of our work, allowing us to create opportunities for both family forest and local industrial ownerships to effectively obtain the benefits of certification," said Jeff Stringer, Director of Operations at the Center for Forest and Wood Certification.
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has been a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards development for more than 25 years. SCS programs span a wide cross-section of sectors, recognizing exemplary performance in natural resource management, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, retailing and more. SCS is a Certified B Corporation™, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.
The SCS Kingfisher Certification Mark for Responsible Forestry is a visual emblem of environmental protection and responsible resource management. Fast and agile with keen vision, Kingfisher birds are beloved around the world, with more than 90 species occupying a wide variety of habitats. Kingfishers are widely recognized as indicators of environmental health, and are vulnerable when their habitats are destroyed. FSC certification is one way companies can demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability.