What does it mean to be FSC® certified?

Here at Naked Sprout we only use bamboo from FSC certified forests. This helps us to ensure the following 10 principles:

1. Commercial projects involving forestry must comply with all applicable laws, regulations and nationally-ratified international treaties, conventions and agreements. These have been made for good reasons and it's important to us to abide by them

2. Forest management must maintain or enhance the social and economic wellbeing of workers. We don’t just care about the forests – we care about the people who work in them as well.

3. All projects must identify and uphold Indigenous Peoples’ legal and customary rights of ownership. The land rights of the people who live in a forest must be respected, and their traditional uses of the forest must be protected.

4. And they should also contribute to maintaining or enhancing the social and economic wellbeing of local communities. It’s important that forestry projects bring material benefits and improve the welfare of the people who live in and around a forest.

5. The management of projects should take a long-term view, to maintain or enhance environmental and social benefits as well as economic viability. We don’t just look to reap the short-term benefits of our forests – we always keep our sights on the future.

6. Forestry projects must always maintain, conserve, or, if needed, restore ecosystems and avoid, repair or mitigate negative environmental impacts. We care about the environment – it is important to us that it's protected

7. Project managers must implement a management plan that codifies its obligations to safe, sustainable practices of cultivation. This must be kept up to date based on regular review and provided to staff and stake holders. We believe responsible management should be an evolving commitment that involves everyone in the supply chain, not just a one-off policy imposed from above.

8. Managers must demonstrate regular progress towards achieving their environmental goals and management activities must be monitored and evaluated regularly. Good, transparent management is important to ensure environmental objectives are prioritised and forests are protected

9. Managers must maintain the highest conservation values by applying a precautionary approach throughout forestry activities. We truly believe it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to protecting our forests, workers, local communities and wildlife

10. Management activities must be implemented in a manner that is consistent with the organisation’s economic, environmental and social policies.

Management of our forests is hugely important to us – the FSC has developed these principles and objectives based on solid evidence and we more than happy to ensure these are respected. FSC certification is not just a piece of paper to us – it is embedded in our company values