The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, membership based, non-profit organisation founded in 1993 by environmentalists, social interest groups, indigenous peoples’ organisations, responsible retailers and leading forest management companies to develop standards based on the ‘10 Principles for Forest Stewardship’ by which responsible forest practice can be measured.
FSC, as an international network to promote responsible management of the world’s forests, brings people together to find solutions to the problems created by bad forestry practices and to reward good forest management.
- FSC is a stakeholder owned system for promoting responsible management of the world’s international forests.
- Through consultative processes, FSC sets international standards for responsible forest management and practices.
- It accredits independent third party organisations who can certify forest managers and forest product producers to FSC standards.
- Its trademark provides international recognition to organisations who support the growth of responsible forest management.
- Its product label allows consumers worldwide to recognise products that support the growth of responsible forest management worldwide.
- FSC undertakes marketing programs and information services that contributes to the mission of promoting responsible forestry worldwide.
- Over the past 13 years, over 106 million hectares in more than 81 countries have been certified according to FSC Forest Management standards while over 12,000 FSC Chain of Custody certified organisations sell several thousand products that are produced using FSC certified wood and carrying the FSC trademark. FSC operates through its network of National Initiatives in more than 46 countries.