FSC certification is being used by many public authorities as (non-exclusive) evidence of sustainable sourcing in relation to wood and wood products. FSC works on increased availability and reliability of FSC-products.

FSC National offices assist policy makers and public procurers in procurement practices that ensure sustainable forest resource management.

FSC has special information for public procurers on its website: https://ic.fsc.org/en/choosing-fsc/public-procurement

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Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • North America

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Buildings and construction, Forestry

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
Civil society

Start date

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John Hontelez

Forest Stewardship Council

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FSC's mission is to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forest.

We aim to achieve this with a certification scheme which sets requirements for forest managers and labels for products that have used material from these forests. The reliability of these labels is guaranteed with a chain-of-custody certification system in which all companies that are part of a supply chain leading to labelled products have to be part. The whole system is controlled by third-party, professional certification bodies, which are overseen by a global accreditation organisation.

FSC is a multistakeholder membership organisation with currently more than 1000 members, the majority being organisations (companies, environmental, development, social NGOs, trade unions, representatives of indigenous peoples, etc). All major decisions, including the content of standards, are being taken in balanced decisionmaking procedures in which the three "chambers" of members (environmental, social, economic) have equal power and the three chambers have to reach consensus or achieve majority support in each chamber.

Also on the ground balanced multistakeholder consultation is important and FSC has elaborated, obligatory, consultation procedures.

Transparency is essential, FSC provided summaries of all audits of forest managers on its website.

more info, see our website.


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