Ensuring environmental and social responsibility

FSC System FM CoCFSC has a global forest certification system to provide an assurance that forest products support responsible forestry. The system has two key components:

  • Forest management (FM) certification is awarded to forest managers or owners whose management practices meet the requirements of the FSC Principles and Criteria and the applicable FSC national forest stewardship standard.
  • Chain of Custody (CoC) certification applies to manufacturers, processors and traders of FSC certified forest products. It ensures that FSC materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing, so customers purchasing products sold with FSC claims can be confident that they are genuinely FSC certified.

Please click here to find out how to become FSC certified.

How Certification Works

How Certification WorksThe certification process is carried out by independent certification bodies that assess forest managers and forest product companies against the applicable FSC standards.

As the standard-setting body, FSC itself does not certify forest operations or organisations in the supply chain. Rather, these activities are carried out by the certification bodies. This maintain FSC's independence between its standards and requirements, and operations seeking certification.

To obtain FSC certification and the right to use the FSC label, an organisation must demonstrate conformance with all applicable FSC requirements. Managing forests in accordance with FSC principles and criteria means following exacting social and environmental guidelines, and often requires managers to adapt their existing management and operational practices.

These changes mean that FSC has a direct and positive impact on the world’s forests and on the people and everything living from, in and around them.

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