C10.8.3 Forest Stewardship Scheme (FSC)


The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

FSC certification is widely regarded as one of the most important initiatives of the last decade to promote responsible forest management worldwide. Only the FSC:

  • Prohibits conversion of natural forests or other habitat around the world.
  • Prohibits the use of highly hazardous pesticides around the world.
  • Prohibits the cultivation of genetically modified trees (GMOs).
  • Respects the right of indigenous peoples around the world.
  • Controls each certified operation at least once a year – and if they are found not to comply, the certificate is withdrawn.


The FSC label provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value.

FSC provides a certification system with internationally recognized standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services to companies, organizations and communities interested in responsible forestry.

FSC is nationally represented in more than 50 countries around the world. Over 94 million ha of forest are certified to FSC standards.