Maneuvering our way through an era of over-consumption of natural, raw resources and dire environmental precautions, we take it seriously to make sure our raw materials come from responsible sources. PID Floors has recently received Forest Stewardship Council® Chain-of-Custody certification from SCS Global Services. We also take care in our due diligence to make sure that our products comply with the U.S. Lacey Act.
FSC® is the most rigorous international standard for responsible forestry. FSC® certified forests conserve biological diversity, water resources and crucial ecosystems. The FSC® standard also upholds worker rights and supports economic prosperity in surrounding communities. The FSC® Chain of Custody certification ensures that certified wood products are tracked from forest to final product (and if applicable, that qualified recycled materials are used), adding legitimacy to the FSC® claim throughout the supply chain.
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SCS Global Services is a leader in environmental and sustainability certification. A founding member and one of the first certification bodies accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council in 1996, SCS is one of the world’s leading FSC certifiers with more than 35 million acres of responsibly managed forests and 4000 companies in the FSC supply chain worldwide. SCS programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, and more. SCS is a Certified B CorporationTM, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.
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U.S. Lacey Act (2008):
The Lacey Act is a United States federal regulation which prohibits the import, sale, and purchase of illegally logged wood products. Illegal logging is the leading cause of deforestation, and is a corrupt form of business transactions. It exploits poor communities, displaces sensitive wildlife, releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, reduces the production of oxygen, disrupts the natural balance of atmospheric temperature, and leads to environmental degradation. The Lacey Act was first enacted in 1900 and rewritten in 2008 to include wood and wood products.
Below is an excerpt from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services website:
“Under the Lacey Act, it is unlawful to import, export, sell, acquire, or purchase fish, wildlife or plants that are taken, possessed, transported, or sold: 1) in violation of U.S. or Indian law, or 2) in interstate or foreign commerce involving any fish, wildlife, or plants taken possessed or sold in violation of State or foreign law.
The law covers all fish and wildlife and their parts or products, plants protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and those protected by State law. Commercial guiding and outfitting are considered to be a sale under the provisions of the Act.
In 2008, the Lacey Act was amended to include a wider variety of prohibited plants and plant products, including products made from illegally logged woods, for import.
When the Lacey Act was passed in 1900, it became the first federal law protecting wildlife. It enforces civil and criminal penalties for the illegal trade of animals and plants. Today it regulates the import of any species protected by international or domestic law and prevents the spread of invasive, or non-native, species.
For more information on the Lacey Act and how it relates to injurious wildlife, visit the Office of Law Enforcement.”1
1 International Affairs. c2017. Washington (D.C.): U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services; [accessed on 2016 Oct 14]. https://www.fws.gov/international/laws-treaties-agreements/us-conservation-laws/lacey-act.html