Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

FSC logoThe Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a not for profit non-governmental organisation established to promote the sound management of the world's forests.  They are an international organisation providing accreditation to those who are interested in responsible forest management.  We try to ensure that the wood products we source are FSC-certified products, which means that they are independently certified to have come from forests that meet ecological, social and economic needs of both our and future generations.

The Forest Stewardship Council has 100 million hectares worldwide as of April 2008, across 79 countries that are certified to FSC standards, which is about 7% of the world's productive forests.

An outline of the criteria that a forest must meet to become FSC certified is below.  

  • Compliance with international treaties and law.
  • Demonstrate long-term land tenure and use rights.
  • Recognition of indigenous peoples rights.
  • Maintenance or enhancement of the local communities and forest works social and economic well being.
  • Sharing of benefits derived from the forest.
  • The reduction of the environmental impact of logging.
  • A continuously updated management plan for the forest.
  • Monitoring of forest activities and their environmental impact.
  • Maintenance of High Conservation Value Forests.
  • Promote the restoration and conservation of natural forests.

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