FSC®

Since 2007 Arps & zoon drukkerij is FSC® certified.

The Forest Stewardship Council® FSC-C003341 (FSC) is an international organization that brings people together to find solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world’s forests. FSC is a stakeholder owned system for promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. Through consultative processes, it sets international standards for responsible forest management. It accredits independent third party organizations who can certify forest managers and forest product producers to FSC standards. Its trademark provides international recognition to organizations who support the growth of responsible forest management. Its product label allows consumers worldwide to recognize products that support the growth of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC undertakes marketing programs and information services that contribute to the mission of promoting responsible forestry worldwide. Over the past 13 years, over 90 million hectares in more than 70 countries have been certified according to FSC standards while several thousand products are produced using FSC-certified wood and carrying the FSC trademark. FSC operates through its network of National Initiatives in 45 countries.

Writing the future… the Paper Industry and FSC

Just a decade ago, the pulp and paper sector was stigmatized as being one of the most detrimental to our forests, in large part because of its reliance on ancient forests for raw material. At that time, no possible solution could be seen. Today, pulp and paper companies from Europe, North America, South Africa and Brazil are trying to change that image – moving toward more responsible use of the forests resources by becoming FSC certified. The impact of pulp and paper production on the world’s forests is profound. About 40 percent of all commercially traded timber is used for paper production. Paper consumption is projected to grow by about 50 percent by 2010. The good news is that a growing portion of the demand will be met with FSC certified pulp and paper. The growth of the certified sector has been nothing short of remarkable. FSC involvement in paper dates back to the 90´s when the first book was published by the Cornell University Press. In 2000, the FSC-certified paper list for Europe included just 10 entries. Since that time, there has been significant expansion to the point where now there are more than 300 entries in the European FSC-paper list. A report by FSC German Working Group on the development of the FSC Certified Paper Sector in Europe uncovers how FSC's trademark in the markets are stronger, with clear economic advantages for those companies committed to responsible forest practices. The FSC market share in Europe shows a dynamic increasing in sales. In 2005, turnover proportions varied between 0 and 60% with an average of 4.3% in 2005. Estimates for 2006 are 6.7%, a 50% increase from 2005. These increases come as a result of demand, and the influence of NGOs that call commercial entities to take greater responsibility. But commercial interests themselves – particularly those seeking to demonstrate their corporate social and environmental responsibility – are becoming an increasingly significant driver of the certified pulp and paper market. Whatever the source of the motivation, the result is greater incentive for responsible management of forests worldwide. http://info.fsc.org/Detail?id=a0240000005sR8UAAU

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