What is FSC?

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. Since its foundation in 1994, FSC has grown to become the world’s most respected and widespread forest certification system.

FSC's pioneering certification system enables businesses and consumers to choose wood, paper and other forest products made with materials that support responsible forestry.

What is FSC

The World's Most Trusted Forest Certification System

FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability. FSC-certified forests are managed to strict environmental, social and economic standards. There are ten principles that any forest operation must adhere to before it can receive FSC forest management certification. These principles cover a broad range of issues, from maintaining high conservation values to community relations and workers’ rights, as well as monitoring the environmental and social impacts of the forest management.

We are FSC

FSC is a global network of members, staff, certificate holders, promotional licence holders and responsible consumers. By working together we can help to ensure that we use forests and forest products responsibly, shifting the global forest trend towards sustainable use, conservation, restoration, and respect for all.

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Supply Chain Integrity

FSC chain of custody certification verifies that FSC-certified material has been identified and separated from non-certified and uncontrolled material as it makes its way along the supply chain, from the forest to the market.

Any company involved in the processing or transformation of FSC-certified products (e.g. manufacturing, repackaging, pack-splitting, relabelling, cutting to size or adding other forest-based components to the product) must be FSC certified in order to apply an FSC label to their products and/or sell them with an FSC claim.

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Trademarks and labels

FSC owns five registered trademarks: the name "Forest Stewardship Council", the abbreviation "FSC", the FSC'tick-tree' logo and the full and text-only 'Forests For All Forever' brandmarks. The FSC trademarks can be used by FSC certificate holders and FSC promotional licence holders. They can also be used for educational and research purposes and by the media.

FSC's tick-tree logo is a key part of the FSC labels, which can be found on millions of products and items of packaging around the world.

FSC for Business

Ecosystem Services Procedure

Forest Management Certification

FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic...

Chain of Custody

Chain of Custody

When it comes to forest-based products, FSC certification is the sustainable choice you can trust to deliver better outcomes for forests, people and markets – today and for future generations.



Promotional Licence

Organisations that sign an FSC Trademark Licence and Service Agreement are referred to as FSC Promotional Licence Holders (PLHs). Promotional Licence Holders are granted permission to use the FSC trademarks...