ANTALIS SOUTH AFRICA – THE LARGEST FSC® CERTIFIED PAPER MERCHANT!
“ONE SMALL STEP FOR THE PAPER & PRINTING INDUSTRY – ONE LARGE STEP FOR ANTALIS!”
Our official FSC® (FSC® C100415) certification was awarded on 2 August 2010 but in reality, the journey to Corporate Responsibility, began some time ago.
Marketing and Purchasing Director David James explains “We are extremely proud to be the largest paper merchant in South Africa and Botswana to receive this certification, illustrating our commitment in managing our supply chain to the strict criteria laid out by Forestry Stewardship Council® , a tangible reflection of Antalis’ responsibility to the environment“.
What does it mean to be FSC Certified?
The mission of the Forest Stewardship Council is to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests. FSC develops, supports and promotes international, national and regional standards in line with its mission; evaluates, accredits and monitors certification bodies which verify the use of FSC standards; provides training and information; and promotes the use of products that carry the FSC logo.
FSC Chain of Custody
FSC Chain of Custody is an information trail taken by products from the forest or, in the case of recycled materials, from the reclamation site, to the consumer. This trail includes each stage of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution, where progress to the next stage of the supply chain involves a change of ownership.
Any change of ownership in the supply chain, requires the establishment of effective Chain of Custody management systems, at the level of the respective organization and their verification by independent certification bodies, if the organization wants to make an FSC claim about their products.
Developing and implementing Chain of Custody management systems is a way for organizations to effectively control their processing system and show their customers the origin of the material in their products.
Our aim is to show our commitment to this responsible forestry programme and ensure Responsible Paper Merchantry beyond just paper sourcing. We, as Antalis ensure that our current and future suppliers source material from well-managed, controlled resources.
In essence, what we’re talking about is “Track-Back”. This is the ability to track the process, through the supply chain, from the client brief to Designer (Designing responsibly), to the printed paper (Merchant and Printer),Manufacturer (Paper Mill), and lastly right back to the tree (Pulping & Forest).
There are already FSC certified products within our existing range of papers, the full list of which is available below.
David concludes “Through our FSC certification, we believe, as a Paper Merchant, it is important that we ‘put our money where our mouth is’, and by working to create a higher level of awareness to all players in the chain, right to the end user, of the responsibly managed forests and plantations and thereby of the environment, making our contribution to correctly managing and protecting the resources this industry depends on for its own sustainability, longevity and perhaps, even, survival”