FSC certification is internationally recognised as the most rigorous environmental and social standard for responsible forest management. Its great strength lies in its ability to encourage dialogue between various sectoral interests. This partnership among business, the public sector, and civil society provides a unique tool for dealing with the issues surrounding forestry

FSC Benefits in the Forest

Wildlife habitat and species are protected


High conservation value forests are preserved

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Forest management is monitored annually


Worker safety and wellbeing is enhanced

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The rights of Indigenous Peoples are respected


Communities are respected and valued


Waterways are protected


Pesticide use is reduced


FSC is Unique

Credible: 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.

Inclusive: FSC believes that respect for the views and needs of others is essential. Through open multi-stakeholder processes, FSC has helped give access, voice and vote to people from every stratum of life.

Democratic: 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.

Global: 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.

Local: 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's Positive Impacts Worldwide: There are a number of independently written reports and reviews available that demostrate the positive impacts that FSC have produced around the world.

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