FSC® works to improve forest management worldwide, and through certification creates an incentive for forest owners and managers to follow best social and environmental practices. The growing demand for FSC® certified products tells forest owners that businesses and consumers prefer products from well managed forests.
This incentive brings direct benefits to the forest, such as protecting
biodiversity, indigenous peoples' rights, worker’s rights, and areas of
significant environmental or cultural importance. FSC® provides a connection
between the forest and the end user, ensuring that products with the FSC® label
uphold principles and criteria which bring the highest social and environmental
FSC® certification can positively impact workers and communities, shift
globally and change economic and environmental conditions
in the forest. This impact improves conditions such as conflict over land tenure
and use, worker's health and safety, biodiversity conservation, protection of
endangered species and participatory forest policy.
By working to promote environmentally and socially beneficial forest
management, FSC® helps both local communities and society at large to enjoy
long-term benefits of managing forests in a responsible way. As the world's
most respected forest certification scheme, FSC® is a global system with
certificates issued in all forest types around the world.
When forest operations meet FSC® requirements, the materials and products carry
the FSC® label and provide businesses and consumers with a powerful tool to
influence how forests worldwide are managed.