We obtained the Forest Stewardship Council (“FSC”) certification in 2004 for our Gaoyao planted plantation located in Guangdong Province, registered under the name of Jiayao Forestry Development Company. The Corporation is proud to have received this “gold standard” certification program from SmartWood, a program of the Rainforest Alliance authorized by the FSC.
The FSC certification is an international trademark recognizing organizations that support the growth of responsible forest management. The FSC authorizes an independent third party forestry certifier to conduct forestry and plantation auditing to certify that forest managers and forest product producers conform to FSC standards. SmartWood is a global nonprofit conservation organization and is recognized as one of the oldest and most extensive certification programs in the world.
In 2011, we updated our factory's FSC certificate for our engineered flooring and laminated flooring, which is certified by SOCIETE GENERALE DE SURVEILLANCE S.A (SGS). This certificate certified that our factory met the requirement of Chain of Custody (COC Certification), meaning Sino-Maple’s factory and its products are verified as social and environmental-friendly.
In addition to the FSC certification, we also obtained certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 2002 for its ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 9001 Quality Management System. ISO 14001 specifically monitors actions that may affect the environment, to ensure that they are understood, planned, controlled and checked. This certification is a path to continual improvement through rigorously documented steps toward specific environmental goals. Certification (also sometimes called "registration") also includes significant training and system auditing, so all those involved are aware of and can improve upon their actions.
This third party certification is focused on the way we run the entire facility, so it means we have ISO certified plants, not ISO certified products. However, we do expect product quality to improve, and our environmental footprint to decrease, as a result of these efforts.
As ISO standards require rigorous system verification, a third party registrar most recently audited our plants in September of 2009 to ISO 9001.