Forest Stewardship Council


Name of initiative Forest Stewardship Council
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative No
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Starting year 1993
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Secretariat Forest Stewardship Council, Charles-de-Gaulle Straße 5, 53113 Bonn, Germany; e-mail:
Organisational structure
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Forest Stewardship Council
Type of lead organisation NGO/Civil Society
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Germany


Description FSC is a global non-profit organization promoting environmentally, socially and economically responsible forest management worldwide. Through certification FSC creates an incentive for forest owners and managers to follow best social and environmental practices and enables businesses and consumers to choose products that come from well managed forests.
Objectives -Environmentally appropriate forest management ensures that the harvest of timber and non-timber products maintains the forest's biodiversity, productivity, and ecological processes.

-Socially beneficial forest management helps both local people and socie

Activities FSC has six program areas within the Policy and Standards Unit, through which we manage and develop our activities.

Forest Program Tasked with developing, reviewing and maintaining the FSC policies and standards that are associated with the management of forests.

Chain of Custody (CoC) Developing, reviewing and revising FSC normative documents for companies that manufacture, process or trade responsibly sourced timber and non-timber forest products.

Social Policy The Social Policy Program addresses forest management issues related to small and community-based operations, forest workers and indigenous peoples rights.

Monitoring & Evaluation Making use of data generated from within the FSC system, as well as independent studies to identify and understand the impacts of our certification on forests.

Controlled Wood Developing, reviewing and revising FSC normative documents providing requirements for supplying and trade of Controlled Wood being used in manufacturing of FSC Mix products.

Ecosystem Services The overall objective is to increase the applicability and relevance of FSC certification for forest management activities focusing on the provision of ecosystem services.

Supply Chain Integrity The FSC system includes more than 20,000 chain of custody certificates. This not only demonstrates the unprecedented success of FSC certification but also highlights the importance of ensuring the integrity of FSC is maintained in a scalable way.

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Capacity building, Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Norms and standard setting, Training and education, Knowledge dissemination and exchange
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Participants Number Names
Members 3  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 3 The Forest Stewardship Council International consist of the entities “FSC Asociación Civil” - FSC AC (Mexico),  “FSC International Center GmbH” - FSC IC (Germany) and “FSC Global Development Gmbh” - FSC GD (Germany).

While the latter two are located in Bonn,  Germany,  FSC AC is located in Oaxaca,  Mexico,  and is the mother organization of FSC IC and FSC GD. FSC Invesments and Partnerships is associated with FSC International and located in Seattle,  U.S.

Supporting partners 0 Donors,  Members including NGO's,  governments
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 2 October 2019 11:49:16

Not only have national states as participators