SOUND & FAIR RECEIVES FSC LICENSE
FSC trademark licenses are typically only awarded to non-certified organisations or companies that sell-on FSC labeled products to the general public (not to trade).
However, Sound & Fair’s FSC license (FSC N001630) facilitates the campaign’s work in developing and promoting a chain of custody for FSC-certified African blackwood that so far includes:
– six community-managed forest villages in Tanzania;
– one Tanzanian sawmill – Sandali Wood Industries;
– one UK wood importer – Klicksi Ltd;
– one woodwind instrument manufacturer – Hanson Clarinets.
Two other woodwind instrument manufacturers have so far placed orders for FSC-certified African blackwood – Mollenhauer (recorders) and Loree (oboes) – although they are not yet FSC-certified themselves and will not be able to market any instruments they make as FSC-certified.
However, Sound & Fair recognises such orders as crucial in expanding the market for FSC-certified African blackwood and delivering revenue to forest-dependent people in Tanzania.
Footnote – companies that manufacture or label FSC products or who sell to trade require FSC certification, the certification includes a licence to use the FSC trademarks.