Responsible forest management

FSC® Certification identifies wood products that have been taken from forests that are managed correctly and responsibly according to strict standards set up and approved by the Forest Stewardship Council® which are environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable. It is an international non-profit organisation that is independent and non-governmental, and includes environmental and social groups, indigenous peoples, forest owners and industries that work and trade in wood, as well as scientists and experts that work together to improve forest management all over the world.

The FSC® has a voluntary and independent certification system on an international scale which is based on traceability requisites for the products. Traceability is the identification of every production step from the forest to the final product (the chain of custody COC). Only companies that have a valid COC certificate can use the FSC® label on their products; a symbol which is recognised as synonymous with the highest forestry certification standards by the main national and international environmental organisations (Greenpeace, WWF, Legambiente, Friends of the Earth etc.).
Requesting, choosing and purchasing products bearing the FSC® certificate means contributing directly to the growth of an ethical system that is responsible and virtuous and thereby promoting the certification of new areas of forest and new companies in the logging business.

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The PEFC™, Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes, is an independent organisation which evaluates the environmental activity and sustainability of forest management systems. It is a global certification body based on intergovernmental agreements and processes that are recognised at an international level. It upholds the highest sustainable forest management possible without exception.

Since 2001 it also requires the adherence to all the fundamental conventions of the ILO (International Labour Organization) and respects the specific requirements of the family owned forests and woods with long-term subsistence support as well as rural development to maintain or improve the biodiversity and ecosystem. The organisation promotes local employment whilst at the same time protecting the rights and safety conditions of the workers. The traditions and the rights of indigenous people as well as legislation are honoured, thereby working against illegal logging, corruption and forced or child labour. The certified forests are regularly checked by independent inspectors.

Catas Quality Award

Since 1993 CATAS has worked as an independent third party in certifying products with the CATAS QUALITY AWARD (CQA), verifying and checking the conformity of a product to the required standards and technical specifications. The CQA certification means periodical checks carried out by CATAS on products as well as on all the production and organisational processes of the company. There are monthly checks on products by the company itself and also periodical testing in the lab. This gives added value to all products and assures their conformity over time to requisites set out by the official standards: including European (EN), international (ISO) and national (UNI, DIN, BS, NF, ASTM, ANSI, etc.) standards. In addition there are the client’s requested standards.

Comparing this with a sample sent for testing by the client at his own discretion, product certification assures the satisfaction at all production phases of pre-defined requisites through checking and monitoring, which reduces the risk of non-conform products and therefore improving the product quality thanks to the supervision of the certifying body.