The Forest Stewardship Council®was founded after the 1992 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro to address the environmental impact of poor forest management.




Today, FSC®is the only standards body recognized by both the corporate sector and the environmental organizations for its sound forest management standards and principals.

Through its programs, FSC®has certified over 100 million hectares of forests in over 80 countries. While this constitutes only 7% of the total forests on the planet, companies committed to the use of FSC®certified products accounted for 40% of the entire supply chain.

Customers increasingly want to know about the environmental impact of the products and services that they are purchasing and sellers need to respond to these developing market forces. One way to demonstrate that Gemwood is taking environmental responsibilities seriously is to achieve Chain of Custody certification through the FSC®(Forest Stewardship Council™)

Chain of custody certification tracks logs from forest to manufacturer to consumer to provide a mechanism to trace finished wood products back to the forest of their origin. Central to chain of custody certification is the ability to control and document the movement and transformation of certified products throughout the manufacturing process.

To keep up pace with the changing trends in the wood industry plus to serve its customers in a better and efficient manner, Gemwood has embarked on this initiative to get itself FSC®certified for some of its product groups. Through efficiency improvements, coupled with certification, we hope to foster a healthy manufacturing unit while enhancing a healthy forest ecosystem.


Resources:

Forest Stewardship Council™ - www.FSC .org

FSC®Certificate Search - www.info.FSC .org


As a responsible user and producer of controlled wood, Gemwood shall follow stringent quality measures to ensure that the wood we sell is not purchased or sourced from any of the following categories


  • • Illegally harvested wood
  • • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights
  • • Wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities
  • • Wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
  • • Wood from forests in which genetically modified tress are planted

M.Gopalakrishnan, Managing Partner

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When a company buys wood from non-FSC®certified suppliers and wish to develop and implement their own FSC®Controlled Wood verification program, a detailed risk assessment of the supplier has to be conducted.

The supplier’s risk assessment evaluated by the company will be reviewed by an FSC®accredited technical body as to its technical sufficiency and adequacy.

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