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Leaders in Responsible Forestry Recognized at Greenbuild

SCS Global Services Congratulates Award-Winning FSC® Certified Clients

SCS Global Services (SCS) celebrated responsible forestry trailblazers at the 2017 FSC® Leadership Awards on November 8th, with four of SCS’s top-tier clients receiving awards this year. The Forest Stewardship Council® recognized award winners for demonstrating excellence in the use or marketing of FSC-certified wood in products, or for their steadfast commitment to responsible forest management.

“Our FSC clients recognized for this award have exhibited leadership ranging from pioneering cooperative management agreements to protect valuable wildlife habitats, to reshaping an entire supply chain to meet FSC sourcing requirements,” said SCS Director of Chain of Custody Services Sarah Harris. “These companies are making real improvements through their forest management practices and their production and marketing of sustainable forestry products, and they are very worthy of this recognition.”

FSC award winners
Photo (from left to right): Nikki Helms of SCS Global Services, Evan Herceg of SCS Global Services, John McNulty of Seven Islands Land Company, Corey Brinkema of Forest Stewardship Council, Alexander Ingraham of Pingree Associates, Dennis Nezich of Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Steve Lubowinski of Wilsonart, Ronnie O’Leary of Dixie Plywood & Lumber Company.

SCS congratulates all of the 2017 FSC Leadership Award recipients, including those who are certified through SCS Global Services, mentioned below (award descriptions courtesy of FSC):

  • Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company for more than 10 years of commitment to marketing FSC-certified building materials in the Southeastern US.
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources for being one of the longest-standing FSC-certified forest managers in the Lake States region, with almost four million acres of FSC-certified forest.
  • Seven Islands Land Company & Pingree Associates for its early adoption and continuous FSC certification of more than 800,000 acres of timberland in Maine since 1993, and working to help build the FSC system over nearly 25 years.
  • Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces for being the first North American laminate manufacturer to earn FSC certification, offering thousands of certified products in the construction marketplace.
FSC award winners


“The FSC Leadership Awards are about celebrating commitment to responsible forest management,” said Corey Brinkema, president of the Forest Stewardship Council US. “The winners demonstrate the type of leadership our world needs to help conserve forests, even as we use forest products every day.”

FSC announced the FSC Leadership Award winners at the Knoll Boston Showroom November 8, during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston, Massachusetts. Winners were selected by a jury panel of professionals, FSC staff and board members. Learn more about FSC Forest Management and Chain of Custody Certification here.

About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services is a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, and standards development. Through programs that serve a wide range of industries  – from natural resource extraction (forestry, agriculture, mining) to business and consumer product manufacturing – we help companies achieve recognition for their outstanding performance, and identify business solutions that support their sustainability objectives. SCS was a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council, and is one of the world’s most respected FSC Forest Management and Chain of Custody certifiers. FSC License Code: FSC-A000521. SCS is a chartered benefit corporation, reflecting our commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices for more than three decades, and a 2017 recipient of the Business Intelligence Group’s Sustainability Award.

About the Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. FSC was created in 1993 to help consumers and businesses identify products from well-managed forests. FSC sets standards by which forests are certified, offering credible verification to people who are buying wood and wood products. More than 5,000 companies and nearly 160 million acres of forestland are certified under FSC standards in the United States and Canada. For more information visit

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