FSC FRIDAY 2018
Celebrate Forests with Us
On 28 September 2018, FSC Friday will celebrate the importance of the world’s forests and the key role FSC plays in their preservation through responsible forest management.
On the last Friday of September, FSC-certified businesses, FSC members, schools and organizations all around the world will host a series of events to support, celebrate and raise awareness of responsible forest management and the role that FSC plays in it. People are invited to look for the FSC logo and consider the sourcing of the products they buy in a creative and entertaining way.
Why do we have FSC Friday?
Every year the threat to our forests increases, in the form of environmental change and illegal logging.
For over 20 years, FSC has worked to take care of forests and the people, plants, and animal species that depend on them. The FSC label gives assurance that wood, paper, and other forest products have been responsibly sourced from well-managed forests and/or recycled materials.
FSC Friday is about sharing that message, so that more people recognize the role we play and can help us turn the tide against global deforestation.
Who can get involved in FSC Friday?
FSC Friday is open to everyone!
Last year, businesses, schools and environmental groups in over 30 countries took part.
If you’re interested in the future of forests, we would love to see you involved!
FSC certificate holders and businesses can contact their regional or national office to receive a range of design resources and materials for promoting FSC Friday. Find your nearest office here.
How should I celebrate FSC Friday?
If you do not have any plans for FSC Friday yet, here are a few ideas and tips for:
FSC-certified businesses who want to promote the benefits of being FSC certified
- Hold a staff awareness day. This might include a seminar or short talk about being an FSC certificate holder, followed by a team building activity, (e.g. a quiz or a trip to your local forest)
- Offer your customers a discount or promotional offer to encourage them to choose FSC
- Talk to other businesses and suppliers about the importance of FSC certification
- Hold an open day for local businesses or community groups
- Add FSC Friday to your website or social channels
- Host a ‘green’ event at your offices (fancy dress encouraged)
- Bake a FSC-themed cake to celebrate FSC Friday
- Organize FSC Friday office decorations
- Work with your local community to create more awareness of sustainability
Schools or youth groups wanting to introduce your classes to FSC certification and responsible forestry
- Hold a local event, at any time throughout September, to celebrate forests, and learn about the importance of sustainability
- Run a poster or video competition to educate children about the FSC logo and what it means
- Organize a trail or treasure hunt in your local forest
- Plant trees
- Organize an art competition of woods, trees, woodland creatures etc. that are fitting with the sustainability theme
- Host a ‘green’ fancy dress day
- Screen a favourite film, set in the forest
- Partner with another school to share your FSC Friday experiences
- Organize a forest cleaning day within your local community
- Organize an assembly to help promote the understanding of the work that FSC does
- Organize special missions to look out for the FSC logo (e.g. challenge children to spot the logo at home)
Environmental charities or organizations
- Educate others about how to be sustainable and what they can do to protect forests
- Plant trees
- Help promoting FSC Friday through social media #FSCFriday
- Choose FSC-certified products to make a positive difference
- Talk to your friends, family and colleagues about why you choose FSC
- Lobby your employers to ensure their procurement policy requires FSC-certified materials for all office paper and furniture purchasing
- Give us a shout out on social media. Don’t forget to use the #FSCFriday hashtag
Please make sure you follow #FSCFriday on Twitter and Facebook for further ideas from around the world and to find out how to support our Thunderclap event!
Celebrate and support our forests!