What is FSC
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit association with a focal point in Bonn, founded in 1993 in Toronto, Canada. Its participants represent the most diverse groups and organizations around the world (including foresters, forest owners, environmental protection organizations, trade unions, wood processing industry, human rights societies). It is an international parent organization designed to encourage the maintenance of environmentally responsible, socially-oriented and economically efficient forestry. To this end, he developed 10 universal principles and 56 criteria for stable and efficient forestry, which are adapted to the conditions of a country with the participation of voluntary working groups formed from national experts. The Forest Stewardship Council accredits certifiers (auditing companies), which - usually on the basis of private economic agreements - control compliance with these principles at the level of the forestry enterprise within the framework of certification. As the leading, coordinating organization, FSC does not independently conduct certification, but accredits certifiers. Accreditation is subject to strict formal rules, which are based on international standardized standards for the accreditation of ISO (International Standard Organization).
FSC Mission The Forest Stewardship Council promotes environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management in the World.
• Environmentally responsible forest management ensures that the harvesting of wood and non-wood forest products does not threaten biodiversity, does not reduce their productivity and ecological functions of forests.
• Socially beneficial forest management helps both the local population and society at large in obtaining long-term benefits, and also creates strong incentives for the local population to conserve forest resources and manage on the basis of long-term plans.
• Economically viable forest management means that forest management is built and implemented in a way that provides sufficient economic benefits without loss for forest resources, ecosystem quality and without damage to the local population. Contradictions between the need to obtain financial profit and the principles of responsible forest management can be minimized by implementing the full range of products and services of forest ecosystems at the best cost.