We’ve got Controlled Wood certification under control.
We know Controlled Wood can feel anything but controlled.
Understanding all the nuances of Controlled Wood risk assessments can make certification seem almost unattainable.
And that’s why we love what we do.
Our team at American Green Consulting will come alongside you and offer clear steps toward meeting FSC Controlled Wood requirements—and get your Controlled Wood certification under control.
What is Controlled Wood?
In an ideal world, all material sold with FSC claims would come from certified forests.
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough tracts of land with FSC Forest Management (FM) certification to consistently meet all the needs of organizations purchasing forest products that will end up in FSC-certified goods.
Controlled wood helps fill that supply void while ensuring that materials are not coming from unacceptable sources.
According to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Controlled Wood is material from acceptable sources that can be mixed with FSC-certified material in products that carry the FSC MIX label.
Controlled wood is not from FSC-certified forests but rather from areas covered by FSC’s system for avoiding the use of wood from five unacceptable sources:
- illegally harvested wood
- wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights
- wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities
- wood from forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
- wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted
Why is Controlled Wood certification important?
The controlled wood system extends FSC’s influence beyond FSC-certified forests, and this helps address significant threats to non-certified forests—all over the world.
Wood supply that carries the FSC MIX label helps in two very important ways:
- Reduces the risk that non-certified material used in the manufacture of FSC MIX products is linked to practices that harm forests and people.
- Reduces—and aims to eventually eliminate—those risks over time by mitigating the problems that underlie these practices.
What is AGC’s role in Controlled Wood certification?
American Green Consulting helps certified companies build and maintain a robust supplier management program.
Because we’re a consulting firm, our goal is to help you comply with FSC rules and requirements. We can provide ongoing support to ensure that you get—and keep—your certification.
Before you bring a certification body (CB) in to audit your company, AGC will offer clear steps toward meeting FSC Controlled Wood requirements throughout North America.
Our certified auditors have the expertise and resources to:
- Allow you to easily and efficiently inform suppliers about your controlled material procurement requirements, and
- Obtain necessary information from them about material origin and any risk of mixing non-eligible materials into your supply chain.
These are important elements of an effective due-diligence system for controlled materials sourcing.
Have more burning questions about the details of Controlled Wood certification? Check out our Controlled Wood-specific answers on our FAQ page.
Introducing: Our Controlled Wood Portal
To help Controlled Wood feel even more under control, we’ve built our custom Controlled Wood Portal to help keep all these details organized and readily accessible.
Our easy-to-navigate Controlled Wood Portal helps you to effectively—and easily—demonstrate compliance with the FSC Controlled Wood Standard during your annual audit.
How it works:
- Upload your supplier list.
- The Controlled Wood Portal takes it from there.
Intrigued? Learn more about what our Controlled Wood Portal can do—for you and for your business.