FSC® Certified Wood
Formica® Laminate contains FSC® Certified Wood and can be incorporated into the manufacture of FSC certified assembled products, such as furniture and furnishings that may contribute to achieving MR Credit 7 in the LEED Rating System for New Construction, Schools and Commercial Interiors.
Certified Wood defined
Certified wood is wood that has been issued a certificate from an independent organization with developed standards of good forest management. This certificate verifies that wood products come from responsibly managed forests. Responsible forest management encompasses practices that are environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) defined
FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote responsible forest management practices worldwide. It was created out of concern for loss of the world’s forests and failure to address deforestation. FSC forest management certification is awarded to forest managers who adopt practices that are environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable.
Are there other forest product certification programs?
There are several forest product certification programs internationally, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Currently, the USGBC LEED® Rating System accepts wood-based materials and products certified in accordance with FSC principles and criteria.
What is Chain of Custody?
FSC Chain of Custody certification is awarded to companies that can track and document FSC certified material through the production process, from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of procurement, processing, manufacturing, distribution and sale of certified goods.
Formica Group and Chain of Custody
Formica Group holds FSC Chain of Custody certification signifying our ability to meet strict tracking requirements that ensure materials used in the production of Formica brand high pressure decorative laminates come from well-managed forests. Our License Code is FSC-C092610 and applies to our manufacturing facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio and St. Jean, Quebec, Canada, as well as our distribution centers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. FSC Chain of Custody certification is required for suppliers of FSC Wood to USGBC LEED projects.
Find a copy of our Chain of Custody certificate from Scientific Certification Systems, an independent third-party certifier of environmental and sustainability claims here.
Formica Group and FSC Certified Wood
Formica Group attained Chain of Custody certification in 2010. Formica® Brand high pressure decorative laminates are available with full FSC certification. Formica Group FSC certified laminate will contribute toward LEED projects, under MR 7: Certified Wood and eliminates the need for minor component derogation or exceptions.
Future FSC activities
Formica Group makes mandatory the use of wood fibers from sustainable forests and works with paper suppliers to provide FSC certified materials. In our commitment to continually develop sustainable strategies, Formica Group completed a product life cycle assessment (LCA) in accordance with ISO Standard 14040 on key products and their full environmental impacts, from raw material manufacture to product end of life. Periodically, we will conduct an LCA to monitor closely our progress in reducing impacts within our manufacturing process, including supply chain. Click here to learn more about our LCA.
For more information on sustainable material attributes of Formica® Brand products, including recycled content, low emitting materials, LEED® credit contribution and product certifications, view our sustainability information or use our LEED® Specifications Sheet templates to see how Formica Group can contribute to your project.