Redruth, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 16, 2012 -- The entire range of latex gloves, manufactured by Gloveman Supplies Ltd (GSL) in Sri Lanka, now officially adhere to the guidelines set out by The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organisation was established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world's forests. Its main tools for achieving this are standard setting, independent certification and labelling of forest products. This makes GSL the only supplier and manufacturer in the country to win this accreditation and certification.
The FSC has 10 Principles and associated Criteria that form the basis for all FSC forest management standards. These standards are called 'locally-adapted generic standards' or 'interim standards' and make up the majority of FSC's standards. FSC is in the process of creating its own generic standards to increase consistency and robustness of the FSC system globally.
With its 10 Principles and 56 associated Criteria, FSC offers a comprehensive set of universally applicable requirements for responsible forest management. The aim is to ensure that forest resources are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.
The FSC Principles and Criteria apply to all tropical, temperate and boreal forests and many to plantations and partially replanted forests. Though mainly designed for forest management for timber products, they are also largely relevant for non-timber products (e.g. production of natural latex form plantations) and other environmental services such as clean water and air and carbon sequestration. The FSC Principles are a complete package and their sequence does not represent an ordering of priority.
Principle 1: Compliance with all applicable laws and international treaties.
Principle 2: Demonstrated and uncontested, clearly defined, long-term land tenure and use rights.
Principle 3: Recognition and respect of indigenous people's rights.
Principle 4: Maintenance or enhancement of long-term social and economic well-being of forest workers and local communities and respect of worker's rights in compliance with International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions.
Principle 5: Equitable use and sharing of benefits derived from the forest.
Principle 6: Reduction of environmental impact of logging activities and maintenance of the ecological functions and integrity of the forest.
Principle 7: Appropriate and continuously updated management plan.
Principle 8: Appropriate monitoring and assessment activities to assess the condition of the forest, management activities and their social and environmental impacts.
Principle 9: Maintenance of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) defined as forests containing environmental and social values that are considered to be of outstanding significance or critical importance.
Principle 10: In addition to compliance with all of the above, plantations must contribute to reduce the pressures on and promote the restoration and conservation of natural forests.
All their packaging, when printed in the future, will carry the 100%, well managed Forest FSC logo. Plus with the relocation of their import and distribution warehouse to Suffolk, this means GSL are further reducing their carbon footprint with less air pollution as its located closer to the docks in Felixstowe.