Promoting environmentally friendly, socially beneficial and economically sustainable forest management – that is the mission of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). Worldwide. The independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization was founded in 1993 as a result of the “Environment and Development” conference in Rio de Janeiro. Today, the FSC® is represented by national working groups in over 80 countries.
FSC® sees itself as part of a global community that sets a standard for responsible forest management. Its central concern is to achieve this in consensus with a country’s local interest groups. The challenge here is to concentrate the diversity of the countless local manufacturer identities worldwide into one label that fulfills all concerns.
By purchasing FSC® certified products, you contribute to a responsible use of global forest resources. FSC® achieves this on the one hand by defining and checking environmental and social standards in forest management and on the other hand by considering recycled material that can be used in FSC® certified products. Products with the FSC® label thus stand for the use of forests in accordance with social, economic and ecological needs and for the responsible use of recycled materials – for the benefit of present and future generations.
Behind the FSC® label lies a consistently reliable process: ten principles and 56 indicators have been developed on which the globally applicable FSC® standards for forest management are based. Forests that are managed according to these standards can be awarded FSC® certification. Consumers who buy FSC®-labeled products make an active contribution to sustainable forest management around the globe.