The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international forest certification system that identifies responsible sources of wood, paper, cork and other forest-based products. FSC® Standards are recognized worldwide for their environmental, economic and social benefits.
How does the FSC® system works?
Independent certification bodies are accredited by ASI (Accreditation Services International) to audit and certify according to FSC® rules and procedures. FSC® certified forests are audited according to national standards, taking into account the local socio-economic and ecological context, but guaranteeing all the requirements of the Principles & Criteria for Responsible Forest Management. In the value chain, organizations operating between the forest and the final consumer must apply for FSC® Chain of Custody certification, allowing them to make claims and label their FSC® products. Merchants who only promote FSC® products and services can opt for Chain of Custody certification or an FSC® Brand Promotional Use License (authorization granted by the FSC® itself). FSC® certification allows consumers to identify and choose products that support responsible forest management.
FSC® defines requirements for:
- Preserve High Conservation Values of forest spaces
- Protect natural habitats
- Respect the rights of workers and local communities
- Maintain the environmental, economic and social functions of the forest
To ensure you are purchasing certified products, check certified organizations, license validity and certificate scope in the FSC® public search database at http://info.fsc.org.