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SCS Congratulates Award-Winning FSC® Certified Companies and Leaders

Bio Pappel, Element5, F&W Forestry, HP Inc. and Melissa & Doug among winners of 2022 FSC Leadership Awards

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SCS Global Services (SCS), an international leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, congratulated this year’s roster of FSC Leadership Award winners, announced today by the Forest Stewardship Council®. Among these honorees are SCS-certified certificate holders Bio Pappel, Element5, F&W Forestry, HP Inc., and Melissa & Doug, and one-time SCS staff member, the late Lafcadio Cortesi, a lifelong advocate for responsible forestry and the welfare of workers.

The annual FSC awards recognize top certified companies, projects, trademark license holders, nonprofits, and individuals that exhibit excellence in the use of FSC certified products and commitment to responsible forestry.

“SCS is delighted to see these esteemed companies, organizations, and individuals obtain well-earned recognition for their efforts to create positive impacts in their respective regions, industries, and areas of expertise,” said Maggie Schwartz, Managing Director of Forestry, SCS. “They are at the forefront of sustainable forestry – penetrating new markets, increasing visibility of the FSC logo, educating consumers, accelerating FSC commitments, and advancing responsible forestry.”

SCS-certified award recipients include:

  • Bio Pappel for being one of the largest manufacturers of recycled paper in Mexico, using 100% recycled raw materials to produce FSC-certified paper for major brands.
  • Element5 for earning and promoting FSC certification in Ontario’s first cross-laminated timber manufacturing plant to create low-carbon building materials for the 21st Century.
  • F&W Forestry for offering FSC to clients for over 20 years, meeting the diverse objectives of their group members across more than 500,000 acres of certified forest.
  • HP Inc. for a strong FSC preference policy, achieving 95% FSC or recycled fiber for HP brand paper and packaging in 2020, increasing FSC-certified forests in China, and more.
  • Melissa & Doug for the widespread and growing use of FSC-certified materials in its paper products and iconic wooden toys as well as for marketing FSC extensively in its consumer engagement.

Lafcadio Cortesi also received a posthumous individual award. FSC recognized him as a leader “for dedicating his life to conserving forests and defending community rights around the world, especially in Canada and Indonesia.” Mr. Cortesi was SCS’ Policy Director for Environmental Affairs and Human Rights in 2019.

"Lafcadio was a relentless advocate for the fair treatment of workers, community engagement, and protection of the environment as the foundations of responsible forestry,” said Linda Brown, SCS Co-founder and Senior Vice President. “With deep passion and an enduring optimism, he helped drive positive change throughout the industry.”

The full list of 2022 FSC award winners are: American Green Consulting; Appalachian Mountain Club; Bio Pappel; Cascades; Ejido Noh Bec, Ejido Caobas Quintana Roo, and Ejido Nuevo Becal; Element5; F&W Forestry; Greenerprinter; HP Inc.; Lafcadio Cortesi; Longleaf Alliance, American Forest Foundation and The Nature Conservancy; Melissa & Doug; Meta; Peter Hayes; REI; West Elm; and WWF-US.

"We are honored to be named an FSC Leadership Award Winner and recognized for our commitment to supporting responsible forest management," said Bridgette Miller, Chief Marketing & Sustainability Officer at Melissa & Doug. "We envision a world where children have access to both thriving forests and high-quality wooden toys. We look forward to continuing our work with SCS Global Services and the Forest Stewardship Council."

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About SCS Global Services
SCS SCS Global Services is a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in climate mitigation, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, consumer products, and more. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, SCS has representatives and affiliate offices throughout the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Africa. Its broad network of auditors are experts in their fields, and the company is a trusted partner to companies, agencies, and advocacy organizations due to its dedication to quality and professionalism. SCS is a chartered Benefit Corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. For more information, visit

About the Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council, the world’s most trusted forest certification, is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of forests. FSC was created in 1993 to set the standards by which forests are certified, offering assurance to consumers and businesses that the wood products they buy originate from well-managed forests. More than 4,000 companies and 160 million acres of forestland are FSC certified in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit

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