It is often a challenge for businesses producing FSC-certified products to quantify and demonstrate the value the system brings to the better management of the world’s forests, the companies say.
The two-year initiative aims to develop a methodology to analyze the impact of FSC certification, enabling businesses to understand what value they derive from specifying FSC-certified timber and paper through their procurement policies.
The initiative is supported by the Sustainable Trade Initiative and coordinated by the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance.
It is independent from the FSC but is designed to be useful to the organization, by providing a tool that shows the contribution it makes to the social, environmental and economic values of the world’s forests.
The learning from the initiative will be shared with other certification schemes as well other sectors beyond forestry that are covered by more than 20 certification schemes who are members of ISEAL.
In July, Tetra Pak launched a sustainable packaging campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the front end of the life cycle — renewable materials sourcing — and called on the consumer goods industry to join in adopting renewability practices.