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FSC CoC, PEFC CoC certificate – what is it?

The wood we use for the production of toilet paper, kitchen towels and other hygiene products comes from legal sources that comply with applicable European Union legislation. Our certified supply chain, which includes the production, processing and trading of wood, ensures that quality and production safety standards are met at each stage and that the raw materials do not come from endangered areas.

FSC®

FSC® stands for Forest Stewardship Council®. It is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organisation and was founded in 1993 in Canada to promote responsible forestry. This organisation sets standards of conduct in the wood and paper industry through a certification system for forests and wood-based products. The idea behind the organisation is to manage forests in an environmentally and socially responsible as well as financially beneficial way.

In doing so, it takes into account the following aspects:

  • cultural and social – by improving the livelihoods of indigenous people living in the forest area and those employed in the timber industry,
  • economic – represented by companies and institutions that are interested in the commercial use of forest resources,
  • ecological – the felling and use of wood must respect the natural values of the area.

Entrepreneurs who source wooden raw materials in violation of the rights of the local population or who forget about ecology cannot count on FSC® approval.

FSC CoC certificate – what is it?

Since 2002, one of the European Union’s objectives has been to combat the trade in raw timber from illegal sources. In October 2010, the EU Regulation No. 995/2010 was issued, according to which, every entrepreneur who wants to introduce a product made of wood to the Polish market, must know and have documented the source of the raw material. One way to meet these requirements is to hold an FSC CoC certificate.

What is the FSC CoC certificate?

The FSC® organisation distinguishes two types of certification:

  • Forestry certification is intended for forest owners and managers. By being FSC FM certified, they can demonstrate to consumers and businesses buying wood from them that the raw materials they acquire come from responsibly managed forests.
  • Supply chain certification (CoC) is provided for manufacturers of wood products such as furniture or paper. It is an ideal solution for companies that target their products to customers with a high environmental awareness.

FSC® certified timber must come from forest areas that meet the requirements of the organisation described. There are 10 principles, which cover issues such as labour rights, good relations with the local population, environmental impact as well as monitoring and evaluating one’s actions, which forest owners and managers must implement in order to be certified.  

The FSC CoC (Chain of Custody) certificate is a confirmation that the purchased and sold raw materials, as well as the products made from them, come exclusively from certified forests. The FSC CoC certificate covers the entire supply chain, and therefore its standards also apply to, i.a. quality management, production control, material specifications and their identification and segregation.

Our hygiene products bear the FSC ® logo (FSC-C119667). When buying them, you can be sure that the wood used to make them has been sourced properly, with respect for the environment and the rights of workers and local people.

PEFC™

PEFC is an organisation that was established in Europe in 1999. The acronym stands for Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification. It is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation that promotes the idea of sustainable forestry. It achieves this through a certification scheme for forests and wood-based products.

What is PEFC?

The idea behind the PEFC programme was the need to track the flow of certified wood raw materials from the moment they are harvested from the forest to the products manufactured from them. This makes it possible to verify the origin of wood at every stage of its processing and flow. While many forests are sustainably managed, the best way to prove this is through independent, impartial and credible third-party certification. PEFC promotes independent certification and provides mechanisms to show consumers that the wood used in their products comes from properly managed forests.

The PEFC organisation distinguishes between two types of certification:

  • Forest management certification is intended for forest owners and managers. By being PEFC FM certified, they can demonstrate to consumers and businesses buying forest and wood raw materials from them that they are sourced in accordance with the idea of sustainable forestry.
  • Supply chain certification (CoC) is provided for manufacturers of wood products such as furniture or paper. It is an ideal solution for companies that target their products to customers with a high environmental awareness.

PEFC FM (forest management) certification – what does it mean? Forest certification ensures that forests are managed in accordance with environmental, social and economic requirements, balancing the needs of people, nature and economics. PEFC sustainability benchmarks are based on globally accepted principles, guidelines and criteria developed by international and intergovernmental organisations.

PEFC CoC certification – what does it mean? Products bearing this logo cannot come from deforestation, illegal logging or be genetically modified. When a customer buys an article from the wood and paper industry bearing the PEFC logo, they can be sure that all the people who have worked in its production have been treated humanely, with respect for their rights.

Our products bear the PEFC logo (with a licence number PEFC/32-31-086). What does it mean? In order for a product to receive PEFC certified status, all entities in the wood raw material supply chain must be PEFC CoC certified. Only then can a company mark its products with the PEFC logo. When buying them, you can be sure that the wood used to make them has been harvested properly and that the raw materials used in their production have been purchased only from certified suppliers who respect natural resources.