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CoC SHOULD BE EASY! – Part 5: Recycled Content (RC)

This post is intended to be the last in our short informational series about wood product chain of custody (CoC) certification.  The series is devoted to a simple idea:  chain of custody (CoC) should NOT be complicated.  This final installment  addresses the interaction between conventional "green" claims of sustainability for virgin, forest-based wood products and the "also-green" claims associated with recycled content (RC) materials. How does RC fit into CoC? In the early days of...

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Where is all the FSC bamboo?

Earlier this year, I was very pleased to see a new report released by Dovetail Partners, Inc on the subject of Bamboo Products and Environmental Impacts.  Dovetail is a Minnesota-based, non-profit think-tank; and  one of the best sources of thoughtful, balanced, and articulate information on a broad range of subjects related to sustainability, land-use, and forest product certification.  Their bamboo report provides a very interesting look at the growing market for Bamboo as a substitute for...

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FSC Risk Assessment: 2 clicks and a look ahead

In an earlier post, part of our CoC SHOULD BE EASY! series, we explored Due Diligence standards in a general way for all three of the CoC programs.  A key part of this process - one that deserves and is getting a lot of attention right now - is the Risk Assessment process for the FSC Controlled Wood (CW) program. The FSC CW Risk Assessment system is perhaps the most peculiar part of the whole CoC business.  It is a key component of FSC's version of Due Diligence.  It is also painfully...

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CoC SHOULD BE EASY! – Part 4: Due Diligence Systems (DDS)

Another installment in our continuing series on forest product Chain of Custody (CoC) certification - based on a simple idea:  CoC doesn't have to be complicated!  We have tried to illustrate this by breaking down the popular CoC standards (PEFC, SFI, & FSC) into their constituent parts.  Part 1 looked at the "guts" of CoC:  the nitty-gritty details of the invoices and packing lists that auditors are always asking for.  Part 2 outlines the ISO-based management system requirements that come...

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CoC SHOULD BE EASY! – Part 3: Processing & Accounting Rules

This continuing series on forest product Chain of Custody certification is based on a simple idea:  CoC doesn't have to be complicated!  We have tried to illustrate this by breaking down the popular CoC standards (PEFC, SFI, & FSC) into their constituent parts.  Part 1 looked at the "guts" of CoC:  the nitty-gritty details of the invoices and packing lists that auditors are always asking for.  Part 2 outlines the ISO-based management system requirements that come along with the third-party...

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CoC SHOULD BE EASY! – Part 2: Management Systems

A couple weeks ago, I introduced this short series of articles on Chain of Custody certification for FSC, SFI, and PEFC - all based on two ideas:  First, that CoC is too complicated, and second, that it doesn't have to be that way.  The first installment in my series took a look at the "guts" of chain of custody:  Inputs, Outputs, and Labels.  This second installment will look at the basic organizational infrastructure that your company will expected to demonstrate in order to get (and remain)...

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