What is the F.S.C....
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC is widely regarded as one of the most important initiatives of the last decade to promote responsible forest management worldwide.
FSC is a certification system that provides internationally recognized standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services to companies, organizations, and communities interested in responsible forestry.
The FSC label provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value.
FSC is nationally represented in more than 50 countries around the world.
How FSC policies and standards are developed
To earn FSC certification and the right to use the FSC label, an organization must first adapt its management and operations to conform to all applicable FSC requirements. What the FSC rules prescribe are applied globally. This is how FSC makes a positive and permanent impact.
At FSC IC, a team of experts facilitate the development, review and improvement of FSC rules and procedures.
FSC’s standards have been proven to work across continents, forest types, sizes and ownership. The FSC standard-setting process is transparent, democratic and inclusive with many opportunities for the interested public to participate.
It is this process that has allowed FSC to become an important and recognized forum where innovative solutions have become possible with the support of all stakeholder groups interested in forestry issues.
FSC is the only certification system in forestry recognized by ISEAL to follow best-practice in standard-setting.
F.S.C. Facts of Interest
The FSC Principles and Criteria for responsible forest management are in line with the requirements set by WTO for international standards. FSC standards are also in compliance with the ISEAL Alliance Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)...learn more at http://www.fsc.org/certification.html
FSC is the only forest certification scheme to prohibit conversion of forests or other natural habitat...learn more at http://www.fsc.org/naturalforests.html
The FSC certification process is carried out by independent organizations called certification bodies (CBs). CBs audit individual certificate holder operations at least once a year to monitor that FSC certified companies fully comply with all FSC requirements... learn more at http://www.fsc.org/5-steps-certification.html
The FSC Principles and Criteria for responsible forest management is the highest social and environmental standard in the industry. In addition to strict social and environmental requirements, it includes managerial aspects to ensure that the natural forest complexity is maintained and social issues considered, while securing long-term supplies of forest products.
There are FSC representatives working in more than 50 countries around the world to promote responsible production and procurement of forest products, in: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South and Central America. Find your FSC National Initiative at http://www.fsc.org/worldwide_locations.html
FSC is the only forest certification scheme that sets standards with an international scope. This means that among forest certification; only FSC standards are applicable worldwide without geographical or national exclusion... learn more at http://www.fsc.org/certification.html