Avery Dennison Foundation president Alicia Procello Maddox facilitates environmental and educational projects around the world with help from regional partners. In one recent project, Alicia Procello Maddox and her team were able to help a Honduran region improve its timber industry through Forest Stewardship Council certification.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a nonprofit organization, works to save forests through environmental stewardship and sound forest management practices. It tackles systemic problems related to forestry through work in economic, social, and environmental channels.
In order to encourage sustainable forest management and help the public identify companies that commit to environmental stewardship, the FSC operates a certification program internationally. This certification recognizes qualifying forest managers through the Forest Management certification, and responsible wood product-producing companies through the Chain of Custody certification.
In order to obtain Forest Management certification, forest managers and owners contract with accredited local certification bodies or join an existing forest management group. In either case, a thorough audit is performed.
Chain of Custody certification is open to businesses who act as links in the supply chain by which timber resources become consumer products. Retailers who sell end products are not required to attain certification, but all other links in the supply chain must attain certification through an accredited body or join a forest management group.