FSC is a global not-for-profit organization that sets the standards for what is a responsibly managed forest, both environmentally and socially.
When timber leaves an FSC-certified forest FSC ensures that companies along the supply chain meet best practice standards also, so that when a product bears the FSC logo, there is an assurance it’s been made from responsible sources. In this way, FSC certification helps forests remain thriving environments for generations to come, by helping consumers make ethical and responsible choices at your local supermarket, bookstore, furniture retailer, and beyond.
One of its first acts was to develop a set of rules – the first of its kind in forest management – that would define best practice and help forest owners and managers anywhere in the world work towards that goal in the same way. These are the FSC Principles & Criteria (FSC P&C).
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 environmental impact to community relations and workers’ rights, as well as monitoring and assessment. FSC also provides a number of criteria relating to each principle to provide practical ways of working out whether they are being followed.