Ikea, Tetra Pak and Kingfisher join forces to understand true value of FSC certification

Tetra Pak is teaming up with retailers Ikea and Kingfisher to promote the benefits of responsibly-sourced timber and to truly understand the role of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

FSC is an independent, not-for-profit that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests.

Established in 1993, FSC is an independent, not-for-profit that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests. Over the past two decades, the FSC system has been widely used by a range of businesses keen to make the most of its ability to bring multiple stakeholders together and deliver a set of defined social and environmental criteria for forest management.

But it recognises that it has been a challenge for businesses producing FSC-certified products to quantify and demonstrate the value the system brings to the better management of the world’s forests.

In a two-year program, Kingfisher, Tetra Pak, and IKEA aim to develop a methodology to analyze the impact of FSC certification, enabling businesses to understand what value they derive from specifying FSC certified timber and paper through their procurement policies.

Certification is important to us as it gives us the opportunity to make sure that we source from responsibly managed forests.

“On average, our package contains 70% paper derived from wood fibre. Certification is important to us as it gives us the opportunity to make sure that we source from responsibly managed forests,” said Dennis Jönsson, president and CEO of Tetra Pak.

“This, of course, requires a certification standard that lives up to its promises. As a long-standing supporter of FSC, we are proud to be one of the founding partners of this initiative.”

Richard Gillies, Kingfisher’s group sustainability director, added: “Our forests are fighting for their lives. As a human being I care about the environmental and the social impacts that is having but as a retailer I also understand the devastating impacts of supply insecurity.

“The business community can help reverse the deforestation spiral by getting behind sustainable forestry management so that we can get it to scale.

“That’s why we’ve formed this collaboration. We believe business can be a force for good in keeping forests standing but to do that they need to understand the value of certification and sustainable forestry management. That’s why there’s a pressing need for this collaboration and the business-ready analysis we’re focused on developing.”

The project is supported by the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and coordinated by the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL). It is independent from the FSC but is designed to be useful to the organization, offering a tool that shows the contribution it makes to the social, environmental and economic values of the world’s forests.

The learning from the initiative will be shared with other certification schemes as well other sectors beyond forestry that are covered by more than 20 certification schemes who are members of ISEAL.