Adare Marks Commitment To Sustainable Forestry Management With Fsc Pefc

Monday, 20 October 2008

Marketing and customer communications specialist Adare has been awarded both FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certification by SGS (one of the world's leading auditing and certification bodies), further reinforcing its commitment to environmental sustainability.

The achievement of both standards adds to the company's existing ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification, and provides its clients with the assurance that its products and services can be sourced from start to finish in an environmentally considerate manner.

Adare now sources the majority of its raw material from FSC and PEFC certified mills and merchants. This will ensure that, should a client request it, products supplied by Adare can be traced to their original source and will certify that all conservational credentials are kept at each stage of the chain, from forest to end client.

Adare was awarded the certifications after setting in place a management project to implement FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody systems and processes in order to comply with the strict monitoring requirements set by both organisations. This included segregating certified and non certified materials both in the warehouse and in production to prevent controlled products being mixed with other stock.

To comply with the requirements of the two standards Adare must also verify suppliers' certificates quarterly via the FSC & PEFC databases and check suppliers' delivery notes upon receipt to verify material status.  

Robert Whiteside, chief executive officer at Adare, comments: "We have already proven our commitment to the environment with ISO 14001 and now the FSC and PEFC certifications mark the gold standard in sustainable initiatives. Our clients have the assurance that, when requested, paper products maintain the chain of custody requirements throughout the production process. 

"Many of our clients are recognising the benefits that being able to brand their materials with the FSC or PEFC mark can have in assuring their consumers that they are serious about their environmental commitments. It is also just as important to Adare as an organisation and everyone throughout the business is aware of the standards we have set as a result of the certifications and everyone works towards maintaining these." 

Adare is one of only a handful of organisations to hold the FSC, PEFC and ISO 14001 environmental certifications at the same time as being registered for the ISO 27001 Information Security Management and ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System standards.



Note to Editors:


  • Adare provides data driven, multi-media Marketing and Customer Communications to leading European and global brands and operates in a range of industry sectors, including retail, financial services, not for profit and the public sector.
  • Current clients include HBOS, HMRC, Nokia, Tie Rack, DFS and Waitrose.
  • Adare employs 800 people in 20 locations across the UK and Europe and has an annual turnover of around £125 million. For more information, visit

About FSC

FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. For more information visit


About PEFC

The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests. For more information visit