FSC International – Forests for All Forever

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200,025,086 ha certified
38,333 CoC certificates
1,639 FM/CoC certificates

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Opening doors to new marketing and promoting responsible practices

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Consumers are increasingly aware of, and concerned by, the origins of the products they buy and the processes that go into making them.

They want to make responsible decisions about what they buy, weighing up social and environment credentials. This behaviour is also increasingly being reflected in government regulation of business operations too.

Research has shown that businesses that become FSC certified benefit from better access to international markets, have higher revenues, and see positive change to their public image. There are also plenty of benefits to be reaped for organizations for whom certification isn’t the solution, but wish to promote FSC-labelled products through trademark licensing. 

Why should I consider FSC certification for my business?

1. Certification raises industry standards in forest management

FSC certification is the only framework supported by environmental NGOs such as Greenpeace1 and WWF. It sets a benchmark for all forestry organizations and communities.

1The following national Greenpeace offices are FSC members: Greenpeace Finland, Greenpeace USA, Greenpeace Canada, Greenpeace China, Greenpeace New Zealand

2. Certification creates tangible economic benefits for your business

As public and private sector organizations around the world increasingly enforce stringent requirements on environmentally responsible procurement practices, becoming FSC certified gives forest owners and timber producers access to new markets and a stronger, more diverse customer base, creating higher revenues.

3. Certification creates stronger links between your business and your customers

Being FSC certified gives your brand credibility, as customers can be confident of the responsible origins of your products. It also enhances your corporate reputation and creates new marketing opportunities.

4. Certification protects forest ecosystems and helps fight climate change

FSC prohibits illegal logging, forest degradation, and deforestation in certified areas. By becoming certified, you will be doing your bit to protect forest ecosystems and reduce the impact of climate change.

5. Certification ensures you will be up to date with government requirements

A growing number of countries and regions, including: the European Union, the USA, and Australia have legislation banning the use and trade of illegally harvested timber and products made from it. Respecting these laws is the foundation of FSC certification, so you will greatly reduce your risk of exposure to illegal timber.

I’m a producer. Why should I use FSC-certified wood in my products?

According to research by the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe, just a ten per cent increase in timber-framed buildings across Europe would generate CO2 savings equivalent to 25 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions reduction target set out by the Kyoto Protocol.

If you are in the manufacturing or construction trades, consider using FSC-certified wood in projects to benefit from superior performance and help reduce the impact of climate change.


Unlike most processed construction materials, which cause carbon emissions, wood products store carbon absorbed by the trees they were made from. Building with wood keeps this carbon out of the atmosphere for longer. FSC-certified wood is also harvested from forests that are managed to ensure regeneration, so new trees grow and absorb more carbon.


Wood requires the least energy to produce of any mainstream construction material. Every cubic metre of wood used instead of other materials saves 1.1 tonnes of CO2. Added to the 0.9 tonnes stored in the wood, this amounts to a saving of two tonnes.


Wood has the best thermal insulation properties of any mainstream construction material: five times better than concrete, ten times better than brick, and 350 times better than steel. A 2.5 cm timber board has greater thermal resistance than an 11.4 cm brick wall.

With building legislation increasingly requiring improved thermal efficiency and lower energy consumption, using wood is a simple and long-lasting way to comply with the rules and improve performance through the lifetime of a building.

Renewable, reusable, recyclable

FSC-certified wood comes from responsibly managed forests, so is renewable. It is also reusable, and requires less energy to recycle than other materials.

Versatility and aesthetics

Wood is a versatile natural material: FSC-certified wood is used in more than 400 product groups worldwide. Wood is also believed to create a healthy environment. Research has shown that wood buildings and interiors are perceived as warm, relaxing, comforting, and welcoming.


Whether you are in construction, retail, packaging, or paper and publishing, using FSC-certified wood could significantly benefit your business.

Construction: find out about the advantages of using FSC-certified wood to meet market demand for sustainable construction.

Retail: find out how FSC-certified products can help you provide consumers with the transparency they expect in your supply chains.

Packaging: find out about the benefits of choosing FSC-certified paper-based packaging.

Paper and publishing: find out how FSC ensures the paper and publishing industries satisfy their needs for paper responsibly.


Smallholders and communities can also benefit from the described advantages of FSC certification. Often, these groups face greater challenges to attain certification. To mitigate these challenges, FSC has developed a number of tools to support you getting certified and covering the associated costs.


If you’re a retailer, media organization, or educational institution, for example, you might not want or need to become certified, but still want to promote FSC-labelled products or FSC certification as a framework. For these situations, we offer FSC trademark licensing.