Forest Stewardship Council

Publication - March 24, 2009
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-profit association that certifies forests that are well managed. It was formed through the collaborative efforts of more than 100 participants representing economic, social, indigenous and environmental interests. Greenpeace is a founding member of the FSC, and is active in its ongoing development. FSC is the only forest certification system that Greenpeace supports.

FSC certification deals with how forests are harvested. It strives to ensure the ecosystem of the forest is not damaged, and only low volumes of trees are extracted. This method decreases the impacts on the plant and on forest animals.

FSC certificates are strongest when they are matched with careful consideration of where logging occurs. Protected areas in combination with FSC certification ensures high conservation value forests are protected and areas available to be logged are managed sustainably.

As consumer demand for sustainably harvested forest products continues to grow, a variety of certification systems have been developed, often by industry alone. Labels such as SFI, CSA and ISO simply do not offer the assurance customers are seeking. FSC is the only credible certification system and the only one supported by Greenpeace and the majority of environmental organizations. If you want to support responsible forestry, look for the FSC tree logo.