Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®)
The FSC is an international non-profit organization founded in 1993 to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests.
The Forest Stewardship Council oversees an international labeling scheme for forest products that provides assurance that the product comes from a well-managed forest. All forest products carrying the FSC logo have been certified as coming from forests that meet the internationally recognized FSC Principles and Criteria of Forest Stewardship, or meet the FSC Controlled Wood Standard.
Forest certification is the process by which forestry operations are assessed against the Forest Stewardship Council’s predetermined Principles and Criteria of Forest Stewardship.
If the forest operations are found to be in conformance with the regional FSC Standards, a Well-Managed Forest operations certificate is issued, enabling the landowner to bring their products to market as FSC “certified wood” and to use the FSC trademark logo. The FSC Logos and Trademarks are available for review on the above referenced web sites.
The FSC Accredited Certification Bodies are organizations accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council to certify operations that comply with “Well-Managed Forest” operations standards, and “Chain of Custody” systems for products made from certified forest material.
Forest certification is the process of inspecting particular forests to see if they are being managed according to Forest Stewardship Council’s Principles and Criteria of Forest Stewardship. The FSC US is developing a National Land Management Standard addressing forest land management that will likely be issued during the first quarter of 2010.
Chain of custody certification is the process by which the source of the timber product or reclaimed material input is verified. In order for products originating from certified Well-Managed Forests or Post-Consumer Reclaimed sources to be eligible to carry the FSC Trademark, the wood based fiber has to be tracked through all the steps of procurement, production and sales until it reaches the end user. Only when an independent Accredited Certification Body has verified the chain of custody procedures is the product eligible to carry the FSC on-product claim and logo.