Responsible Forestry

Committed to avoid deforestation

Deforestation is a major concern in today’s society. The destruction of the world’s forests has severe consequences for the health of our planet, including loss of species diversity, greater risks of flooding, enhanced desertification, and even climate change. It also has an impact on the life and wellbeing of people, as it has been linked to the spread of disease and displacement of individuals. The printing industry has the potential to have a tremendous impact on the world’s forests. At the same time, the long term health of forests is key to our ability to build an enduring business. As a company that plays a role in the forestry eco-system, we are helping to safeguard our planet’s resources and prevent deforestation by using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)-certified materials for our wood-fibre products. This certification ensures that the wood used in our products is sourced in an environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous way.

What is FSC?

FSC™ is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Currently,  over 200 million hectares of forest worldwide is certified according to FSC standards. It is  widely regarded as the most rigorous forest certification systems to tackle deforestation,  climate, and biodiversity challenges. It claims that forests managed to its standards offer benefits to both local and wider communities, such as cleaner air and water, and a contribution to mitigating the effects of climate change. The FSC label is used on a wide range of Cimpress products and aims to give consumers the option of supporting responsible forestry.

What is PEFC?

Similar to FSC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting forest management through independent third-party certification. They endorse national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes, and tailored to local priorities and conditions. With forest certification at its core, they provide forest owners (small to large), with a tool to demonstrate their responsible practices- while encouraging and empowering consumers and companies to buy more sustainably.

Our incoming paper supply

Across our plants worldwide, 95%* of the paper we print on is certified either as FSC® or PEFC®





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*by spend

We’re FSCTM certified.
Because we believe responsible forestry matters.


The Forest Stewardship Council is the world’s leading organization for responsible forest management.

FSC certification ensures that healthy forests are maintained, and the rights of forestry workers and forest dwellers are protected.

This means we can serve small businesses around the world while acting to reduce our impact on the environment.

How FSC certification works

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It all starts in the forest, where FSC evaluates and certifies the forest management processes in place and their environmental, social and economic impact. 

Chain of Custody certification
After harvest, FSC certified material is tracked all along the supply chain and kept separate from non-certified material. This is then verified by FSC Chain of Custody certification.

Chain of Custody

Our compliance with FSC standards earns us the right to use FSC labels on certified products, letting our customers shop with confidence, safe in the knowledge that Vistaprint is independently verified as acting responsibly when it comes to the world’s forest resources.

FSC Contact details of the organization

Vistaprint North America

Kyla Bachynski
FSC Representative

Certificate registration code:

FSC License code: FSC-C143124

Chain of Custody Certificate

Vistaprint BV

André Van de Ven
FSC Representative

Certificate registration code:

FSC License code: FSC-C125299

Chain of Custody Certificate

Last updated: 30/11/2021

Frequently asked questions

Are your products FSC and or PEFC certified?

Although nearly 90% of the paper that we purchase is either FSC or PEFC, our products can contain paper from both certifications, not enabling us to claim the end products as any of the mentioned certifications.

Vistaprint ultimate goal is to prevent deforestation and both certifications are recognized as the most important organizations that tackles deforestation worldwide.

Could I use the FSC seal on my customized promotional material?

Vistaprint has earned the right to use the FSC logo on our marketing materials and packaging, but we are also responsible for ensuring that it is used legitimately and in accordance with our agreements with the FSC organization.

Due to the many different ways customers might wish to use the FSC logo in their designs, it is unfortunately not permitted to customize our products with this logo at this time.


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