FSC® - The Forest Stewardship Council®

GTS has a strict environmental policy in order to secure that we and our business partners have a positive influence on the development of the world's forests.

Illegal felling of wood is a big problem. The reasons are multiple and with far-reaching consequences. Culturally, socio-economically, and climatically. There is no single solution.

GTS has chosen to be certified to selling wood from responsibly managed forests. We offer wood felled and produced according to the following certification system:

As part of our environmental profile GTS has chosen to be certified to the purchase and sale of FSC® certified wood according to the following scope:

'Purchase and sales of FSC certified and FSC controlled wood as semi produced or finished timber products under a transfer system.'

The aim of FSC is to promote environmentally, socially and economically responsible management of the forests of the world, as well as to ensure their future preservation.

10 Principles

The Forest Steward Council® is an independent body guaranteeing that the forests which they certify are managed according to their 10 basic principles, which are as follows:

  1. Compliance with laws, agreements, and the principles of FSC 
  2. Respect for ownership and utilization ratios
  3. Respect for the rights of the indigenous people
  4. Respect for local societies and woodmen
  5. Securing the yields of the forest
  6. Consideration of the environmental impact
  7. Securing of operational plans
  8. Securing of surveillance and evaluation
  9. Securing the preservation of the natural forest
  10. Securing of planted forests

The above principles ensure the responsible management of forests according to a long-term plan as per the forest standards which are adapted to the circumstances in the country of origin of the wood. Before FSC standards are implemented in a new country, it must be subjected to a thorough approval process, always securing the above basic FSC principles.

Traceability

To be able to implement the above basic principles, The Forest Steward Council has to be able to check the traceability of the wood in order to secure the separation of certified and non-certified material. That is done by means of a system which is called Chain of Custody. The wood is traced from the moment it is felled till it has been delivered to the end user. At no point this Chain of Custody may be broken, meaning that all links in a trading chain must be certified.

Transfer System

GTS is certified under the FSC transfer system, meaning that we have the right to sell the products which our suppliers have the right to produce without breaking the Chain of Custody.

Only a certification firm approved by FSC is allowed to issue certificates which are valid for a period of 5 years.

To ensure that the certified companies, such as GTS, comply with the principles, yearly inspections are carried out by the approved company. GTS has the following licence code: FSC ® C013405.

The European Timber Regulation (EUTR)

Our customers can rest assured that legality has been assessed prior to arrival of goods in the EU

The purpose of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) is to secure that companies in the EU cooperate with their suppliers in countries outside the European Common Market in order to avoid the importation of illegally harvested wood to the EU.

See a copy of the full law text.

Due diligence system

The regulation states that the importers (named operators) are obliged to do their utmost to secure that the wood products imported are produced from legal timber.

Whether the timber is legal is determined by the legislation in the country of harvest. But because of the different levels of corruption in these countries, a risk assessment named 'Due Diligence' is required for each individual supplier, product, and wood specie in question.

Assessment areas

Wood species
Is illegal logging of requested wood species prevalent in country of harvest.

Supply Chain
How long is the chain from forest to finished product, and is there a chance of the wooden material being substituted during these processes.

Products
Some types of products are known to have risk of illegal wood being used. Therefore it is important to assess the probability.

Company
Operators must assess if the companies comply with the tax and customs authorities in their country.

Third countries and FLEGT license

To promote legality in the forest sector, the EU will enter into voluntary partnerships with third countries that are willing to develop their own legality system. Such a system must be implemented countrywide. Once the EU is satisfied with the control measures securing the legality of the wood, they will ratify agreements with the country in question. These countries will then be able to issue licenses called FLEGT for their shipments of wooden products, and operators in the EU can then forego their responsibility of Due Diligence for these shipments.

Not all third countries of harvest want to develop a countrywide legality system. However, Indonesia has created its own system called SVLK, and is now able to issue FLEGT licences for each delivery. Further countries which are also in negotiation with the EU are Vietnam, Malaysia, Ghana, Cameroon etc.

Certification systems

A way to mitigate against the importation of illegal wood could also be to source wood which has been checked against a credible legality standard by a third party. Such a standard might be FSC®.

This certification system is not enough to meet the EU Timber regulation but can be considered as an adjunct to the regulation. Please be informed that GTS is able to offer wooden products based on this certification scheme to you. You can read more about our certification scheme under "Forest Protection".

The Smiley-scheme of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration

Companies trading with materials and items intended to come into contact with foodstuffs are obliged to make public the inspection report of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration on their web sites. The report is to be easily accessible.

After each visit the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration issues an inspection report. GTS was granted an elite status, and the report in Danish states that no remarks ("ingen anmærkninger") were made in the last four visits. See the latest report by clicking on the icon below. 

GTS is marketing wooden cutting boards in cooperation with large, well-reputed Danish companies well known for their design and quality. Naturally, cutting boards will come into contact with foodstuffs and therefore these products will be frequently inspected by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

The inspection includes the traceability of food contact items and materials from GTS to customers as well as background documentation in terms of test reports for adhesives and oils to be used for wooden products with foodstuffs contact.

 
 
 

The Danish Timber Trade Federation

GTS is a member of the Danish Timber Trade Federation.

It is among other things occupied with the environmental consequences of trading with wood from various parts of the world, and is in international connections an observer/commercial expert for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Danish Ministry of the Environment.

The Danish Timber Trade Federation also takes part in the international efforts to increase sustainable forest management and trade with sustainably produced wood through, among others, ITTO, FAO, and PEFC.

The Danish Wood Initiative

'Træ Er Miljø' - or 'Wood Creates Environment' in translation - is the joint information project of the wood industry as described on the home page of the organization www.trae.dk.

GTS is among others ambassador for "Træ Er Miljø" meaning that we support this project. The purpose is to inform the consumer about the many possible applications of wood so more and more consumers will choose products made of wood.

As an important side project the Danish Wood Initiative aims at promoting networking and cooperation in the wood industry.

We Support the Social Community

GTS is a responsible company with the main objective of increasing the sale of certified wood. This allows us to consider human rights, social conditions, the environment, and the climate etc. Over the years GTS has supported different organizations, which we believe have a considerable significance from a social point of view. This year we support: