“FSC®” “Forest Stewardship Council®”
FSC® is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC® is a pioneer forum where the global consensus on responsible forest management convenes and through democratic process effects solutions to the pressures facing the world’s forests and forest-dependent communities.
Within this forum, voices from the Global North and South, from organizations big and small, assemble to define environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management and identify the tools and resources that will effect positive, lasting change.
As a multi-stakeholder organization, FSC® applies the directive of its membership to develop forest management and chain of custody standards, deliver trademark assurance and provide accreditation services to a global network of committed businesses, organizations and communities.
FSC® certification provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value.
We received our FSC® certificate in 1999 and our FSC® License number is : FSC®-C018601
FSC® timber comes from well managed forests, independently certified in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council A.C.
Please also check the scope on FSC.org
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.
PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to its eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.
PEFC is an umbrella organization. It works by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.
International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) is an International Phytosanitary Measure developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) that directly addresses the need to treat wood materials of a thickness greater than 6mm, used to ship products between countries. Its main purpose is to prevent the international transport and spread of disease and insects that could negatively affect plants or ecosystems. ISPM 15 affects all wood packaging material (pallets, crates, dunnages, etc.) requiring that they be debarked and then heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and stamped or branded, with a mark of compliance. This mark of compliance is colloquially known as the "wheat stamp". Products exempt from the ISPM 15 are made from alternative material, like paper, plastic or wood panel products (i.e. OSB, hardboard, and plywood).
OLB (Origin ad Legality of Timber) Certification
Sustainable management is the only way to preserve tropical forests and increase their economic value for the local population by providing development opportunities for many villages.
The O.L.B. System (Origin and Legality of Wood) was developed by Bureau Veritas Certification in 2004, following requests from customers wishing to obtain an official certificate and third party regarding the legality of their timber.
This system is based on:
a certificate for operators/managers forest;
a chain of custody for the industrialists and traders.
The certificate of wood legality is based on the respect of the referential for the certification of forest companies. This document outlines the steps to meet on compliance with laws relating to the management and the exploitation of wood, employment and personal security, respect for the environment. It also deals broadly with the issues of traceability of timber within the company till the saling or the initial processing.
Certification of processing and trading wood companies is based on the respect for the chain of control repository. This document outlines the steps to meet for the right to use the OLB brand product business.
CE-marking is the manufacturer's declaration that a product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant European health, safety and environmental
protection legislation, in practice by many of the so-called Product Directives. For wood products it is the Construction Products Directive (CPD) that sets the
requirements. In general CE-marking is a mean for free access for the product in the European Economic Area. It is not a quality mark, but depending on the use
of the product, some quality aspects may be included in the CE-marking. As of the 1st of July 2013, all construction products that are produced and labelled with
the CE marking must comply with European legislation called CPR. This CPR involves a ‘Declaration of Performance’, which is also called a performance certificate.
We care about nature and certified wood
Trust and reliability form an essential part of Vandecasteele Houtimport’s DNA. If we want to guarantee our customers that we live up to our commitment to only trade timber that comes from well-managed certified forests, we need to be sure that our business partners and collaborators alike respect the same critical certification and sustainability procedures like we do.
Certified timber contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals
FSC® contributes to 14 of 17 Sustainable development Goals. (FSC.org)
FSC® is a relevant partner for all who seek to take action – based on legal and customary rights, and the engagement of all interested parties – to support sustainable natural resources management and the achievement of social and economic objectives.
Sustainable Development Goals
Affordable and clean energy
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Decent work and economic growth
sustainable cities and communities
Responsible consumption and production
Life below water
Life on land
Peace, justice and strong institutions
Partnerships for the goals
How can we contribute to sustainable forest management?
By implementing a strict sustainability policy in all our actions and activities. Since 2000 Vandecasteele Houtimport has, through the Corporate Sustainability Charter, signed up to environmental objectives, exceeding applicable environmental legislation.
By 2025, we aim to trade certified timber only.
At the core of this agenda are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. These 17 Goals, with their 169 targets, cover the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social, and environmental – with a strong focus on quality of life, justice, and equality, as well as the sustainable consumption, production, and use of natural resources. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) actively supported the formulation of the SDGs and the indicators that will help all involved to focus their actions.
FSC® certification focuses on better policing of forest management. But there is more. The agenda also highlights the prevention of degradation by offering better livelihood opportunities for communities near or affected by certified forests.
We embed sustainability and transparency, long-term customer engagement and trusted partnership in all aspects of our daily activities. In this way we build and maintain our leadership as a socially responsible timber trader. We are continuously investing in the best performing traceability and certification procedures and the permanent training of our team.
The Corporate Sustainability Charter
The West Flanders Corporate Sustainability Charter brings together companies who voluntarily further strengthen all aspects of their business to set exemplary standards for others to follow. Proving it is possible to have a first in class business coupled with fine and due consideration to all others. Business which is considerate and efficient, free from exploitation or taking advantage of natural resources.
The Charter is a management tool and is based on the 5 “P”’s:
Vandecasteele Houtimport is committed to continuously improve the environmental performance. The charter themes focus on 10 items including the durable management of energy, water, waste, pollution, noise and packaging, the environmental integration of the company and people management.
Companies who have participated over 3 years and who have incorporated the 17 Sustainability Goals of the United Nations, will receive from CIFAL FLANDERS a UNITAR certificate (United Nations Institute for Training and Research).
In 2020, we were the first timber company in the world that received the Unitar Cifal "SDG pioneer" certificate.
FSC® contributes to the SDG's
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) is a voluntary certification scheme that sets out the best practices for forest management worldwide. Currently applied in 81 countries, covering 190 million hectares.
FSC® helps to achieve responsible forest management in the world, one of the targets of SDG 15 (Life on Land). The broad environmental, social, and economic focus of the FSC® forest stewardship principles contribute to the SDGs focused on poverty, equality, natural resources, production and consumption patterns, decent work, climate change, inclusive and accountable societies, and global partnerships.
Vandecasteele Houtimport offers a very big variety of FSC® certified timber, PEFC certified timber, OLB and 3rd party verified timber. Ask our sales team for certified timber!
The Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (International Tropical timbers Association ) aims to serve the tropical timber industry and plays a key role in the implementation of international projects dedicated to the sustainable and responsible management of tropical forests.
In 2015 ATIBT and its members have set up a marketing program, aiming to sustainably and responsibly develop the African timber sector through the promotion and commercialization of its legal and certified products. The “Fair & Precious” brand was created to promote this: www.fair-and-precious.org.
Vandecasteele is a proud and active member since 2016.
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Vandecasteele houtimport is constantly seeking partnerships with sustainable suppliers who share our long-term vision.