The Forest Stewardship Council®
Systems for certification of sustainable forest management remain a topic of debate in global forest industry. WWF, for example, has recently advised the international financial community to invest in forest products companies which have obtained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.
SCA's Swedish forests were certified under the FSC scheme in January 1999. The Forest Stewardship Council's mission is to achieve environmentally-sound, socially-beneficial and economically-viable forestry world-wide. FSC provides a credible forest certification system to attain this goal.
SCA is one of the first pulp and publication paper producer to offer large volumes of FSC-certified products. This confirms that we fulfil the criteria for conducting responsible forest management.
All our products uphold an FSC Chain of Custody certificate. Being FSC certified shows that you comply with the highest social and environmental standards on the market.
5 steps towards FSC certification
FSC itself does not issue certificates; the process is carried out by independent organisations, so called certification bodies. Only FSC accredited certification bodies are authorized to issue FSC certificates.
- Contact one or several certification bodies. They will give you information about the requirements for FSC certification.
- You sign an agreement with the certification body.
- A certification audit takes place to assess your company's qualifications for certification.
- Based on the audit report, the certification body makes the certification decision.
- If the certification decision is positive you receive a FSC certificate. If not, you can go for further audits after you have implemented the changes suggested in the certification report.
These steps are the same independent on whether you want to become forest management or chain of custody certified.
SCA offer publication paper and pulp certified according to the PEFCTM standard. By applying both certification systems we make sure to fulfil all customers demand.
The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999, which promotes sustainable managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.
TCF means Totally Chlorine Free bleaching, meaning that no chlorine at all is used in the bleaching process. This bleaching method does not produce chlorinated substances. The bleaching chemicals hydrogen peroxide and ozone have only water and oxygen as rest products.
TCF also give opportunity to low water usage and totally closed processes which increases energy efficiency and results in lower emissions to water.
We have certification that verifies that our various pulps may be used in food production that is required to comply with Kosher criteria, for example, when our pulp is used for filters or tea bags. The certificate confirms that no animal products are used in our manufacturing.