Forest Stewardship Council Certified
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC sets high standards that ensure forestry is practiced sustainably, in other words that forestry is environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable. The intent of the FSC system is to shift the market to eliminate habitat destruction, water pollution, displacement of indigenous peoples and violence against people and wildlife that often accompanies logging.
The FSC uses independent certification organizations to carry out assessments of forest management. These certifiers also verify that companies claiming to sell FSC certified products have tracked their supply back to FSC certified sources. In order for a product to earn the FSC label, every company in the “chain of custody” must be FSC certified.
Trusted environmental organizations including Greenpeace, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, and World Wildlife Fund all support and encourage FSC certification. Consumers wishing to support healthy forests and communities should look and ask for the FSC label when purchasing wood or paper products.
It is also important to differentiate the FSC, which is a leading independent voice, from the SFI, or Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The SFI is an industry-funded group created with a similar name and logo and highly questionable motives; their certification should not be equated with the FSC’s
To learn more about the Forest Stewardship Council, visit its website at http://www.fscus.org/