FSC® Chain of Custody
9Wood is committed to holistic building design and construction processes. We are an FSC certified Chain-of-Custody manufacturer.
FSC® lumber is a high profile, popular way to earn a LEED™ point. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) is an independent, not for profit, nongovernmental organization based in Bonn, Germany. FSC® provides standard setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry across the globe.
Emerging from dialogue at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Forest Stewardship Council was founded in 1993. FSC® brought together three seemingly antagonistic groups: environmentalists, industrialists and social activists. Its mission and governance reflects the balance between these original constituents in that FSC® seeks to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests. Each is given equal weight. FSC® forest management standards are based on 10 Principles and Criteria of responsible forest management. The operative phrase is "well-managed forests," which include principles addressing sustainable harvesting and bio-diversity, among others.
In the words of the Forest Stewardship Council, "Since 1993 FSC® has distinguished itself through its:
- Independence and credibility
- Recognition as the global standard
- Participation by all stakeholders
- Extensive Chain of Custody participants
- Relationships with major retailers/wholesalers
- Third party certification"
FSC® Chain of Custody Manufacturer
9Wood, Inc is a Chain of Custody Manufacturer. This means we have been inspected, an operational plan for processing FSC® wood products has been put in place and approved, and that we have demonstrated a commitment and understanding of FSC® principles. For our customers it means we form part of a pedigree chain of suppliers, starting at the actual certified forest plot, and continuing through the supply chain to the end user. A paper trail insuring the use of guaranteed uncontaminated FSC® wood accompanies each link in the chain.
Policy for Sourcing Wood and Wood Composites for All Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) Certified Products
It is the policy of 9Wood to avoid using wood from forest areas where traditional or civil rights are violated; forest areas where high conservation values are threatened by management activities; wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted; wood that has been harvested illegally or wood harvested from areas which have been converted from natural forest to plantations or non-forest uses. 9Wood has appointed Mr. Michael Roemen as the contact person responsible for implementing this policy.
If it is demonstrated that this company is using wood from such sources in its FSC® certified products, we will promptly take appropriate actions, including stopping purchases from such sources.
9Wood is committed to making best efforts to identify the sources of wood used for products labeled according to the FSC® rules, and to establish the origin of materials used in the products affected with sufficient geographical resolution to ensure compliance with the policy. If it proves impossible to identify the origin of some of these raw materials, we are committed to replacing them with materials which can be sourced with confidence. Our sourcing policy requires us to verify and monitor our sources, the proportions of raw materials which have not yet been verified, and the steps being taken to replace materials of unknown origin.