The environment

Environmental protection is one of ISB Group’s core values. It is impossible to work with wood and ignore the warnings about deforestation and ecology. Thus, very early on, ISB Group integrated environmental considerations, particularly in its procurement policy. We carefully screen our suppliers and incoming timber on our import platforms and in our factories.

ISB Group has owned the PEFC™ and FSC® (C051177) certification chains for more than ten years. They are the result of a voluntary approach by the company and since, our certifications have been renewed every 5 years by an external audit. More recently, the European Union Timber Regulation entered into force on 3 March 2013. All our timber strictly complies with its requirements.

FSC®, PEFC™ and EUTR : what’s the difference ?

Respectively created in 1993 and 1999, the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC™(Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) certifications guarantee that wood products having one of these certifications come from sustainably managed forests.

The PEFC™ certification is committed to the sustainable management of forest resources. This certification is based on two complementary schemes: forest certification and the certification of companies that process wood to ensure the traceability of the material from the forest to the finished product.

FSC® certification is committed to the responsible management of forest resources. This certification is based on 10 founding principles that describe the management rules to be followed to ensure that forests meet the social, economic, environmental, cultural and spiritual needs of current and future generations. They encompass both management constraints and social and environmental requirements.

These 2 certifications agree on a crucial point: for a product to be FSC® or PEFC™ certified, all stakeholders, from the forest to the final consumer (forester, manufacturer, distributor), must have a certification chain. Each of its participants is audited annually by an independent body that ensures the conformity of the certification.

The EUTR (European Union Timber Regulation) entered into force on 3 March 2013. It enforces the implementation of a due diligence system to minimise the risk of selling illegally logged timber.