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Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

As the original pioneers of forest certification, we have 25 years of experience in sustainable forest management. We use our expertise to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests, bringing together experts from the environmental, economic, and social spheres.

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About the FSC

As the original pioneers of forest certification, we have 25 years of experience in sustainable forest management. We use our expertise to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests, bringing together experts from the environmental, economic, and social spheres.

The true value of forests is recognized and fully incorporated into society worldwide. FSC is the leading catalyst and defining force for improved forest management and market transformation, shifting the global forest trend toward sustainable use, conservation, restoration, and respect for all.

Principles and Criteria

To achieve our mission and vision, FSC has developed a set of ten principles and 70 criteria that apply to FSC-certified forests around the world. The principles include the following: 

Principle #1: Compliance with laws

The Organization shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations and nationally-ratified international treaties, conventions and agreements.

Principle #2: Workers’ rights and employment conditions

The Organization shall maintain or enhance the social and economic well-being of workers.

Principle #3: Indigenous peoples’ rights

The Organization shall identify and uphold indigenous peoples’ legal and customary rights of ownership, use and management of land, territories and resources affected by management activities.

Principle #4: Community relations

The Organization shall contribute to maintaining or enhancing the social and economic well-being of local communities.

Principle #5: Benefits from the forest

The Organization shall efficiently manage the range of multiple products and services of the Management Unit to maintain or enhance long term economic viability and the range of environmental and social benefits.

Principle #6: Environmental values and impact

The Organization shall maintain, conserve and/or restore ecosystem services and environmental values of the Management Unit, and shall avoid, repair or mitigate negative environmental impacts.

Principle #7: Management planning

The Organization shall have a management plan consistent with its policies and objectives and proportionate to scale, intensity and risks of its management activities.

The management plan shall be implemented and kept up to date based on monitoring information in order to promote adaptive management. The associated planning and procedural documentation shall be sufficient to guide staff, inform affected stakeholders and interested stakeholders and to justify management decisions.

Principle #8: Monitoring and assessment

The Organization shall demonstrate that progress towards achieving the management objectives, the impacts of management activities and the condition of the Management Unit, are monitored and evaluated proportionate to the scale, intensity and risk of management activities, in order to implement adaptive management.

Principle #9: High conservation values

The Organization shall maintain and/or enhance the high conservation values in the Management Unit through applying the precautionary approach.

Principle #10: Implementation of management activities

Management activities conducted by or for the Organization for the Management Unit shall be selected and implemented consistent with the Organization’s economic, environmental and social policies and objectives, and in compliance with the Principles and Criteria collectively.

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Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Standards & Certifications

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 viability.

Chain of Custody Certification

FSC chain of custody certification provides credible confirmation for products with environmentally and socially responsible sources to access the market.

Certification Body Accreditation

FSC does not issue certificates itself. Independent certification bodies carry out the forest management and chain of custody assessments that lead to FSC certification. The certification bodies are held to account by Assurance Services International.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Businesses

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Leadership & Contacts

Corey Brinkema

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Chris McLaren

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Maggie Abel

Marketing Manager

Bree Duever

Executive Assistant

Roger Taylor

US South Regional Manager

Bryce Denton

Director of Finance

Brad Kahn

Director of Communications

Aubrey McCormick

US Pacific West Regional Manager

Justin Meier

Senior Policy & Standards Manager

Amy Clark Eagle

Director of Science and Certification

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Contact: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)