FSC Is Part of the Solution

This post is a quick background on the Forest Stewardship Council, the FSC. The are an important part of the supply chain for wood and paper products in the consumer market.

You will find that many products in our catalog are FSC certified. FSC stands for The Forest Stewardship Council. The web page for the FSC is fsc.org. FSC Certifications works outside of state regulations, and is an example of a non-state market driven environmental governance. This means that it uses the market place to drive the sustainable management of forests. The FSC Label is an example of the use of public purchasing power to create shifts in industry and regulate the negative environmental impacts of deforestation. When you purchase products that have the FSC label you are contributing to the solution of deforestation.

Mission and Vision

Protecting forests for future generations. The Forest Stewardship Council represents a global shift from government to governance and its creation is a primary example of the use of market and economic factors to create movement on a global environmental issue. The evolving historical context in which the FSC was formed is theorized to reflect a much broader skepticism towards state power and as a consequence a shift away from traditional state-centric forms of regulation. That said, although the FSC transcends national boundaries, the state continues to play a part in the regulatory landscape of the domestic forest and as such the FSC must develop appropriate domestic governance to reflect this.

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The FSC Label 'works' by providing an incentive for responsible forestry in the market place. It offers manufacturers a competitive advantage and thereby increases market access to new markets and maintains access to existing ones.

FSC Chain of Custody certification as a control

At the heart of the FSC system is the FSC Chain of Custody. It allows the tracking of FSC certified material from the forest to the consumer. It is a method by which companies can show their commitment to the environment and responsible forest management. Only companies that have FSC chain of custody certification are allowed to use the FSC trademarks and labels to promote their products. The FSC label therefore provides a link between responsible production and responsible consumption and helps the consumer to make socially and environmentally responsible buying decisions.

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FSC has around 850 members. The range of member organizations illustrates the diversity of support for FSC. Members include

  • Several international NGOs such as the World Wide Fund for Nature, Greenpeace and Oxfam/NOVIB.
  • Smaller, national NGOs, often with a conservation or environmental focus, such as the US Wildlife Conservation Society, the Spanish Ornithological Society and Cameroon Environmental Watch.
  • Civil society organizations with a community development focus, such as the Foundation for People and Community Development Papua New Guinea and the Mountain Association or Community Development USA.
  • Forestry-focused research organizations, such as the Forestry Science and Research Institute Brazil.
  • Smaller, national NGOs, often with a conservation or environmental focus, such as the US Wildlife Conservation Society, the Spanish Ornithological Society and Cameroon Environmental Watch.
  • Certification organizations, such as KPMG Forest Certification Solutions -Canada and Wood Certification Ltd -India.
  • Private companies in the forestry, timber and paper industries, such as Mondi -South Africa, Sun Wood Industries -Thailand. and IKEA -Sweden.
  • Trade unions and workers' associations, such as the Latvian Wood Branch Trade Union and the Swedish Forest and Wood Trade Union.

Last Updated: July 28, 2017