Packaging

Demand for packaging to be renewable and responsibly sourced has never been greater. FSC-certified packaging supports better outcomes for forests, people and businesses. As the world’s most trusted assurance of sustainable forest management, FSC labelling tells businesses and customers that the materials used originate from sustainable and legal sources.

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Benefits

The benefits of FSC for the packaging sector

FSC is the sustainable forest management solution trusted by businesses and backed by respected NGOs. FSC certification is proof that a business is helping to ensure forests thrive today and for future generations.

 

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ZERO DEFORESTATION 

Although trees are harvested, there is no net loss of forest over time. 

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Biodiversity is maintained, and high conservation value areas - including old growth forest - are protected.

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ RIGHTS RESPECTED

Forest inhabitants are consulted and engaged, and cultural rights are maintained

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FAIR WAGE AND WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR WORKERS

Training, safety and decent wages for all workers are assured.

 

Therefore, when a forest becomes FSC certified, it’s an assurance that all these factors have been considered. That assurance extends to the materials that come from the forest.

 

Responsible sourcing

Circularity starts with responsible sourcing

 

Packaging made from forest-fibre can be recycled or biodegraded. However, recycling can only yield true benefits if the material made to produce the original product was sustainably sourced. FSC certification supports a circular economic model through its rigorous global forest certification system.

Circularity chart

Packaging products available with FSC certification include wooden and composite pallets, solid- timber and plywood packing cases and crates, cardboard and corrugated paper and paper bags, sleeves, boxes, cartons and labels. There are even certified cork closures for wine and champagne.

Specifying FSC-certified materials from suppliers can enhance corporate social responsibility policies and increase credibility with financial stakeholders, governments and NGOs. 

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    Risk mitigation

    When FSC is part of a timber procurement policy, it gives the double assurance of outstanding credentials and compliance. FSC is recognized by BREEAM, LEED, the UK Timber Procurement Policy and aligned to the EU Timber Regulations. FSC is the only recognized forest products certification standard for both LEED and Living Building Challenge.

     

     

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    Market access

    FSC’s standards are globally consistent, and based on the same principles and criteria, which are adapted to meet local needs. This allows certified businesses to gain access to new markets all over the world while keeping their sustainability claims locally valid.

     

     

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    Meet consumer expectations

    Every packaging choice influences our environment. And as awareness of the impact of packaging grows, consumers are increasingly choosing renewable and recyclable materials. Demand for non-plastic packaging has never been greater, and consumers want assurance that packaging made from wood and forest-sourced fibres is sustainably-sourced. 

    Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials can help businesses rise to the challenge. Whether it’s wood, paper, cardboard, cellulose-based plastics or films, using FSC-certified materials provides the foundations for an outstanding sustainability procurement policy. 

Toolkit

Promoting a sustainable advantage

 

Consumers value hearing about efforts towards sustainable forest management. Companies can use the various tools we created to tell the story of their commitment to forests. From market research results on consumer behavior to ready-to-use or editable campaign assets, we have developed a robust marketing platform for our certificate and license holders to get the most from their certification.

 

 

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FSC Marketing and communications toolkit dashboard of FSC Certificate and License holders.

 

 

 

FSC is the most trusted forest management solution

Founded over 25 years ago, FSC provides a mark that shows forests are sustainably managed. With more than 75,000 organizations holding FSC chain of custody certification, FSC is the leading sustainable forest management solution, providing the highest assurance of supply chain integrity from forest to consumer globally.

  1. Trusted by consumers

    FSC consults with its members, comprising over 1,000 of the world’s leading environmental, social and economic experts, when it sets its standards. Its governance is set up in such a way that each group of these experts has an equal say in how FSC works. 

    As the forest products certification consumers trust and recognize most, the FSC label adds a distinct advantage. It’s been shown to have a positive influence on customers’ purchasing decisions because it provides confidence that certified brands are making the world a better place.   

     

    8 in 10 consumers2

    who have purchased or recall a purchase of FSC products say an FSC label on a product had a positive effect on their purchasing decision 

    5 in 10 consumers1

    recognize the FSC label globally (prompted awareness) 

    9 in 10 consumers1

    who are aware of FSC are confident that FSC will make improvements towards protecting forests for future generations – fighting deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change in the process. 

    7 in 10 consumers3

    will pay more for products with packaging that brings sustainable benefits.

    Sources: 

    1GlobeScan Consumer Insights Survey, 2017. 

    The survey was conducted online using reputable national consumer research panels to recruit respondents in 13 countries with around 800 adults participating from each country. The total sample size for the survey was 10,435 consumers; samples were designed to be nationally representative as far as is realistically possible using online panels

     

    2GlobeScan Consumer Insights Survey, 2017, specific sample. 

    Out of the total sample size for the survey, this data focuses on the users who indicated they recall a purchase of FSC products. The sample size here is then 3,991 consumers.

     

    3Billerudkorsnas consumer panel 2017

    The BillerudKorsnäs Consumer Panel gives us insight into consumers views and allows us to follow developments over time. It is conducted in 16 megacities around the world. In each city, the panel consists of more than 200 consumers, representing a statistical average based on age and gender. 

     

  2. Trusted by NGOs

    FSC’s certification of sustainable forest management has been backed by world-leading environmental NGOs. They believe that when we say forests for all, forever, we mean it.  

      

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    “WWF considers FSC to be the most credible and rigorous forest certification scheme currently available to ensure environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of forests.”  

    WWF, ‘Responsible Sourcing of Forest Products: The Business Case for Retailers’  

  3. Trusted by big brands

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    "As a company sourcing paperboard across the globe, we place our trust in FSC certified forest management. Forests protect our climate and provide renewable and sustainable materials, and this is how we play our part in protecting and growing forests.”


    Mario Abreu, Vice President for Sustainability and Chairman of the Sustainability Forum - Tetra Pak

    SIG logo

    “By opting for SIG carton packs with the FSC label, food and beverage manufacturers are emphasizing their environmental and social responsibility while also enabling consumers to choose an environmentally beneficial product.


    Rolf Stangl, CEO of SIG .

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    “Due to the level of its standards, the FSC brand is the only one used on L'Oréal products."


    Floriane Hédé, Sustainable Packaging & Development Engineer, L’Oréal

     

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If your organization holds a valid FSC-certificate, there are many opportunities to tell your sustainability story.