Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification:
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit,
multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible
management of the world’s forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on
forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly. Over the past 20 years, FSC has earned a reputation as the most
rigorous, credible forest certification system.
Benefits of FSC Certifications
to Markets – Many major companies have policies that state a
preference for FSC-certified products. Green building standards, including the
US Green Building Council’s LEED program, provide incentives for using
FSC-certified materials. Increasingly, consumers are requesting FSC-certified
products in retail stores across the country. Many governments require the use
of FSC-certified products. Companies that produce FSC-certified products gain
access to these markets, and many others.
Protection – FSC’s forest management standards expand protection
of water quality, prohibit harvest of rare old-growth forest, prevent loss
of natural forest cover and prohibit highly hazardous chemicals, which are
all unique aspects of the system.
Engagement – FSC requires forest managers – on both public and
private lands – to engage local community members and to protect customary
rights of indigenous people, ensuring their voices are part of the
certification process and impacts of forest operations are addressed.