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197,728,973 ha certified
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FSC CERTIFICATION
Delivering business benefits by guaranteeing environmental and social responsibility

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More and more people are interested in where products come from, how they are made, and their impact on the world around them. This means eco-credentials are playing an increasingly big role in consumers’ and businesses’ decisions about what they buy.

So, if you are either a forest owner or manager, or a business that produces or trades forest products, it becomes even more important to show that you operate in an environmentally, economically and socially responsible way.

FSC certification is designed to help you do just that. It guarantees your customers that the FSC-labelled product they buy has come from a forest and supply chain that is managed responsibly.

To achieve FSC certification, you must adhere to ten rules that cover the essentials of responsible forest management. These rules apply worldwide, across all ecosystems and cultural, political, and legal systems, with specific guidance provided for local interpretation.

How to use FSC Trademarks

Types of certification

The two types of FSC certification are:

  • for forest owners and managers, forest management certification is a guarantee your processes and operations meet FSC standards;
  • for businesses manufacturing or trading forest products, chain of custody certification verifies that products are handled correctly at every stage of production – from forest to shelf.

Find out more about the different types of FSC certification, or take your first step towards becoming certified. If you are interested in selling final FSC-certified products, you can learn more about our trademark licences here.

What are the business benefits of FSC certification?

The FSC labels deliver guarantees for consumers, but what does FSC certification mean for your business, and why would you consider becoming FSC-certified?

For businesses that manufacture or trade forest products, it is a sign to your customers – consumers or other businesses – that you care about the origin of your products, and the impact on the world of making them, as much as they do. It gives your business credibility.

FSC certification can also open doors into new markets for both forest owners and managers and businesses: many companies and increasingly governments, in fact, have compliance policies that place preference on FSC certification.