Execuprint is now Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Certified. What is FSC?
Over the past 20 years, FSC has earned a reputation as the most rigorous, credible forest certification system. As a result, there are significant advantages to choosing an FSC-certified printer:
Credibility - FSC is an independent, member-led group organized into social, environmental, and economic chambers that have equal authority. Members elect the board of directors and vote on major decisions. Anyone committed to responsible forest management can become a member of FSC. This open and balanced approach is unique to FSC and ensures a diversity of perspectives are represented in decision making.
Environmental Protection - FSC's forest management standards expand protection of water quality, prohibit harvest of rare old-growth forest, prevent loss of natural forest cover and prohibit highly hazardous chemicals, which are all unique aspects of the system. For example, FSC prohibits the use of atrazine, which is otherwise legal in the US but banned in Europe because it has been shown to cause water pollution and birth defects. Other certifications allow atrazine use, including aerial spraying of the chemical.
Community Engagement - FSC requires forest managers - on both public and private lands - to engage local community members and to protect customary rights of indigenous people, ensuring their voices are part of the certification process and impacts of forest operations are addressed. In addition, FSC requires the results of certification audits to be released to the public, even on private lands, which makes FSC unique among forest certifications.
Access to Markets - Many major companies have policies that state a preference for FSC-certified products. Green building standards, including the US Green Building Council's LEED program, provide incentives for using FSC-certified materials. Increasingly, consumers are requesting FSC-certified products in retail stores across the country. Many governments require the use of FSC-certified products. Companies that produce FSC-certified products gain access to these markets, and many others.
Proof of our certfication could be found here
How is FSC beneficial?
Protects Water Quality - FSC is the only standard to specify expanded protection for rivers, lakes and other water bodies from direct impacts, erosion and chemical runoff, where laws or industry-based best management
guidelines are insufficient to protect water quality.
Limits clearcuts to protect forest ecology. - FSC standards require that ecological functions and values remain intact prior to, during, and after harvests.
Protects high conservation value forests, such as rare old growth. - FSC standards include clear requirements to protect high conservation value forests. In areas where old growth is rare, the extent and values associated with old growth are strictly protected in an FSC-certified forest.
Prevents loss of natural forest cover. - FSC standardst prohibit deforestation, including the conversion of biodiversity-rich natural forests to monoculture plantations or non-forest uses. No other certification program restricts forest conversion.
Protects customary rights of indigenous people and local communities. - FSC standards require forest managers to uphold and protect the customary rights and resources of indigenous people. And the FSC standards ensure that forest managers assess and address the impacts of forest operations on local communities.
Governs in a democratic and transparent way. - FSC is the only forest certification system governed by an open membership (General Assembly) where interests are equally balanced by economic, social and environmental chambers.
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