Sourcing FSC

Expert Tips

  • Specify FSC in project performance requirements
  • Include Chain-of-Custody* documentation as submittal requirement (*Unique to FSC in forest certification, chain of custody verifies that FSC-certified material has been identified and separated from non-certified material as it makes its way along the supply chain, from forest all the way through to final product. It provides assurance that the material originated from a well-managed forest.)  

Sample Specification Verbiage You Can Use:

[Product Name] shall be Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. As proof, provide vendor invoices for the product that include the vendor’s FSC Chain-of-Custody code and a valid FSC claim (e.g., FSC 100%, FSC Mix [XX]%, FSC Mix Credit). Pricing can be blacked out. Vendors are defined as those companies that sell products to the project contractor or subcontractors.  

More Tips

  • Communicate to contractors and subcontractors early and be sure they understand why using FSC is key to maximizing project value
  • Begin researching product availability in the design phase; use standard (not custom) dimensions for wood materials specified
  • Note some suppliers will sell in any quantity, whereas others may sell only in large quantities  
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Use the FSC Supplier List While there are more than 1,000 FSC-certified building products suppliers across North America, it is not always easy to find particular products in stock or available for delivery in under 4 weeks. To make sourcing easier, FSC has curated a select list of top FSC building products suppliers in North America. The list includes type of products available, sales contact information, and whether the product is in stock or available for 4-week delivery.

Download the FSC Supplier List

Ask for Help Can’t find what you need? Contact FSC at info@us.fsc.org or info@ca.fsc.org