FSC has come a long way in its first twenty years, showing solid growth and gaining international recognition, while promoting responsible forest management worldwide.
© FSC A.C.FSC celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014. In its 20 years of existence, FSC has faced many challenges, and accomplished many things.
For us, our success is most meaningful on the ground. There are numerous case studies and stories on FSC’s success.
Today, FSC is the world’s strongest certification system, in terms of global reach, robustness of certification criteria and number of businesses involved in the system.
FSC has 28,000 certificate holders in 81 countries worldwide. We work with 150,000 smallholders around the world, and we are increasingly working with indigenous groups around the world. In 2013, FSC formed the Permanent Indigenous Peoples’ Committee to ensure that indigenous people have a say in the way forests are managed.
Over 180 million hectares are FSC certified.
98% of the respondents of the 2012 FSC Global Market Survey see the value that FSC certification adds to their products and businesses, and plan to keep their FSC certification.