Understanding the Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC)

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme.
There are national working groups in more than 50 countries including the UK, the association of members that make up the FSC consist of a diverse group of representatives from environmental and social groups, indigenous people’s organisation, forest and the timber trade industry, responsible corporations, community forestry groups and forest product certification organisations from around the world, established to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.

Although there are many certification initiatives on the market the FSC is the only scheme that fulfils all requirements for a credible forest certification scheme. Transparency is a key element of their system, a report on each forest or site assessment must be publicly available. Assessments by independent certifying bodies involve document and site inspections also annual monitoring after certification is required.
Raft is fully committed to a program of manufacturing its furniture from recycled teak timbers from FSC certified sources and is vetted regularly by the highest standard of independent auditors. FSC is the only certification scheme backed by international NGOs, including WWF.

Raft hold an FSC Chain of Custody certification for their products making Raft the largest retailer of FSC Recycled 100% timber in the world. The Chain of Custody certificate represents an unbroken path that controls and monitors products taken from reclaimed sites to the consumer, this includes all stages of manufacturing, transportation and distribution.

"In order to reduce global deforestation it is vital that consumers know where their wood and paper products come from. Raft is a great example of one of the companies that have successfully adopted FSC labelling on its products to reassure their customers that the source of the wood meets FSC’s strict criteria, in this instance in the reclaimed teak category, allowing them to buy furniture with the confidence that they are helping to ensure the long-term future of the world’s forests.  Always look for the FSC label and, if you can’t see it, ask!" Rosie Teasdale, Deputy Director FSC UK

“We want to encourage those looking for furniture to ensure they are buying from approved and certified sources. It is these simple choices that can have a huge impact on helping protect local communities and the welfare of those involved, as well as helping maintain our fast eroding forests for future generations.” Mick Quinn, Raft

Please visit the FSC for more information:
International Site: www.fsc.org
UK Site: www.fsc-uk.org

- Celebrating FSC Friday 2012.
Raft Furniture celebrated FSC Friday in 2012 with an installation at their central London store on Tottenham Court Road. The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests. Every year they celebrate this initiative with FSC Friday and Raft were proud to be a part of it. We constructed an installation with our popular Storage Cubes and drew out the movement our 100% reclaimed teak products take from start to finish in quirky chalk illustrations. We aim to raise the public's awareness about FSC and their work, and to explain the Chain of Custody journey and show that through a transparent system consumers are able to know exactly where their wood comes from.
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- Rise of responsible forest management.
As a response to the devastating worldwide deforestation, the FSC was created in 1993. Now as the benchmark for well managed forests, buying products with the FSC tick tree you can be confident that you are not contributing to global forest destruction.
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- Be part of the solution.
Who is the FSC and what do they do?
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- What wood you choose?
The UK is the fourth largest importer of illegally logged timber in the world. How can you be sure the wooden furniture you are buying is sustainably and ethically sourced? Look for the FSC tick tree logo.
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