What is FSC® Forest Certification?
FSC® stands for "Forest Stewardship Council®" which is an international, independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization.
It was founded in 1993 by forest owners, social movements and environmental organizations to ensure all timber is exported in perfect legality and in accordance to global environmental laws. FSC® is committed to responsible forest management worldwide.
FSC® promotes responsible forest management by:
- certification of sustainably managed forests according to a number of strict principles and criteria
- correct labelling of timber and timber products derived from these forests
- sustainable forestry
Responsible forest management meets three conditions:
- always takes the environment into account;
- respects social aspects (such as the rights of local communities and forest workers);
- it is economically feasible.
Any forest owner in need of this forest certification must be audited by an independent inspection body. Chain of Custody (CoC) implies control at every intermediate step. The wood or wood product is monitored over the entire route that travels between the FSC® certified forest and the consumer.
An independent body verifies each person in the processing of the wood or wood product (sawmill, importer, trader, pulp mill, paper supplier, printer etc.) Only upon this strict control is a party allowed to sell the CoC certificate. It enables producers, importers and suppliers to handle wood or wood products with the Forest Certification label.