THE FSC SYSTEM
What does responsible forest management look like?
This is the question our Policy Standards Unit is tasked with answering
By consulting with businesses, NGOs, communities, workers, and Indigenous Peoples, they continually develop, and strengthen, FSC forest management and chain of custody standards. We set higher standards than any other timber certification scheme and these are the foundation of FSC certification. FSC forest management standards are developed at an international level, and are then adapted to individual countries’ legal, social, and geographical settings, through national standards. Some elements of FSC certification, for example controlled wood, have standards of their own.
The FSC system is respected around the world, where we operate in over 100 markets, but that doesn’t stop us from improving it. We have a regular public review process so all environmental, social, and economic stakeholders can have a voice in how standards, policies, and procedures need to adapt to new working realities.