Amercian Green Consulting


American Green Consulting works alongside your CB; we don’t replace them. But AGC’s services make the overall certification process faster and easier for you. Plus, we offer you more one-on-one support, and we’re there whenever you have a question. We also offer training on an as-needed basis to ensure that you and your staff can navigate FSC requirements successfully.
Certificates are granted for five years, with annual visits to ensure compliance with standards. Your certificate expires on your five-year anniversary date, so make sure you renew it before it expires.If you’re enrolled in an AGC-managed certificate, our group manager oversees the five-year mark, so you don’t even need to worry about it!

At American Green Consulting, we believe that sustainable forestry makes good business sense. By investing the time and effort to become FSC-certified, you’re showing your customers that you care about the future of the forests. Being able to verify that your products come from certified forests can open up new business channels with LEED-certified building contractors and larger clients who want to work with a vendor that supports environmental sustainability. And with an increasing consumer demand for better environmental practices, you’ll be on your way to gaining more business.
You can start using the FSC® logo, the letters FSC®, and the words Forest Stewardship Council® after you are certified. Remember that all three of these usages are protected trademarks, and you must be certified or have direct permission from the FSC to use them. For more information, click here.


Controlled Wood

Prior to 2018, anyone who purchased and sold any material that carried an “FSC Controlled Wood” claim had to have FSC-STD-40-005 (the Controlled Wood standard) in the scope of certification. With the release of the current CoC standard (FSC-STD-40-004v3-0), only companies that purchase material from a non certified supplier, and control that material via a risk assessment (national or company based), must have the CW standard in their scope of certification.
Certificate Holders (CHs) have 6 months from the publishing of a national risk assessment to meet the requirements of that assessment. The FSC-US NRA was published on April 5th, 2019, therefore all companies that are utilizing a risk assessment in the US, must be in compliance prior to October 5th, 2019.
No. (Note: FSC has provided a transition period before all CHs must use an approved NRA).

With that said, the FSC-US national risk assessment covers only the contiguous 48 states, so if you are sourcing from Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico, you must still use a company based risk assessment for those areas.

You may find a list of all worldwide national risk assessments here. Search by “type”, “controlled wood risk assessments”.

FSC-Canada is currently in the middle of the same process that FSC-US just completed. Initial drafts of the FSC-CAN NRA are out, and the document looks significantly different in style and structure than the US version. Until that process is complete, company risk assessments should be used to assess Canadian provinces. American Green has a Canadian risk assessment that covers most areas of Canada. Contact us to discuss how we can help you with your Canadian CW sourcing issues.
Absolutely. We have a Controlled Wood Kit that provides you with all the material you need to create and document all processes and requirements of the Controlled Wood standard, from start to finish. We also can consult on your existing procedures and documents, helping only where you need assistance.


Group Certification

No. Initial documentation and training is offered on an as-needed basis and is included in your annual fee.
At American Green Consulting, we mean it when we say “no hidden fees.” You will know exactly what you’re paying for when you sign your annual contract, and we are 100% up-front about any charges. No surprises!
Technically no, but functionally yes: current FSC standards require us to cancel your individual certification number in order for you to become a member of the group certification.
If your business moves above $5 million in gross annual forest product sales, we check your sales again twelve months later. If still above, you have three months to attain a single certificate or regain your individual certificate number through your previous CB. AGC helps you work with your CB through the entire process to attain this.
Group compliance is governed by the totality of its member oversight. If one member fails an audit, the entire group is not in danger. American Green Consulting closely manages our group members to make sure that everyone is upholding FSC requirements. If a member consistently fails to address problems we identify, that member is removed from the group. We keep in close contact with our group members and are always available if you have any questions. We strive to help our members uphold FSC standards.