(Policy for the Association of Organizations with FSC®)
Commitment to FSC®
The signing Organization, Van Hout International B.V., is associated with the Forest Stewardship Council, Nederland, or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates (hereinafter: FSC® by either being a member of or having a contractual relationship with FSC®
Hereby we explicitly state that it has read and understood the “Policy for the Association of Organizations with FSC®” as published
under www.fsc.org. This policy stipulates FSC®’s position with regards to unacceptable activities by organizations and individuals
which already are or would like to be associated with FSC® as well as the mechanism for disassociation.
In light of the above, Van Hout International B.V. explicitly agrees currently and in the future, as long as the relationship with FSC®
exists, not to be directly of indirectly involved in the following unacceptable activities:
Illegal logging or the trade in illegal wood or forest products;
Violation of traditional and human rights in forestry operations;
Destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations;
Significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use;
Introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations;
Violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions, as defined in the ILO Declaration on
Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 1998.
Van Hout International B.V. also commits herself to occupational health and safety.
Policy for sourcing wood for all certified products
It is the policy of Van Hout International B.V. to avoid using wood from forest areas where traditional or civil rights are violated;
forest areas where high conservation values are threatened by management activities; wood from forests in which genetically
modified trees are planted; wood that has been harvested illegally or wood harvested from areas which have been converted from natural forest to plantations or non-forest uses.
Van Hout International B.V. has appointed a contact person responsible for implementing this policy
If it is demonstrated that this company is using wood from such sources in its certified products, we will promptly take appropriate actions, including stopping purchases from such sources.
Van Hout International B.V. is committed to making best efforts to identify the sources of wood used for products labeled according
to the certification rules, and to establish the origin of materials used in the products affected with sufficient geographical resolution
to ensure compliance with the policy.
If it proves impossible to identify the origin of some of these raw materials, we are committed to replacing them with materials which can be sourced with confidence. Our sourcing policy requires us to verify and monitor our sources, the proportions of raw materials which have not yet been verified, and the steps being taken to replace materials of unknown origin.”