About FSC

FSC helps take care of forests and the people and wildlife who call them home. Our forests give us many things like books, tissues, furniture and so much more. FSC helps you keep your life full of forest products while keeping our forests full of life.

What makes FSC unique is that we were founded - and are still operated by - environmentalists, social interest groups, indigenous peoples' organisations, responsible retailers and lead forest management companies. As a non-profit membership based organisation we are driven by the balanced perspectives of these diverse stakeholders.

Through our 10 principles and criteria we ensure that forests are managed in a way that not only takes care of the animals and plants that call it home, but also workers and local communities who rely on forests, and indigenous groups whose heritage connects them to forest landscapes.

Our trusted logo can be found all around the world and provides international recognition to organisations who support the growth of responsible forest management.

FSC is the world’s most rigorous forest product labelling scheme. It is the only forest label supported by environmental groups such as the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace and The Australian Conservation Foundation, and by major forest product retailers.

FSC is governed by its members, who meet every three years to vote on the direction of FSC. Equal voting weight is given to social, environmental and economic chambers and Northern and Southern countries. In Australia, members meet annually and the Board of Directors includes people from environmental groups, community groups and forest product companies.


The strength of FSC is at the local level. Through our standards development processes, people define and agree what responsible forestry means in their forests. The result is forest stewardship standards that are balanced, local and lasting.

FSC can be found in 81 countries all over the world. With headquarters in Bonn, Germany, five regional offices and 46 National Initiatives, FSC is a truly global network. You can view our Global Strategic Plan here.

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