"FSC takes care of the world's forests for future generations."
As the original pioneers of forest certification,
the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM (FSCTM) has over 25 years of experience
in setting the gold standard for responsible forest management. The FSC
has a long history (23 years) of continued
support in South Africa, from forest management companies to those at
the end of the value chain.
FSC's unique democratic standard-setting process
enables forest owners, communities and businesses to jointly make
decisions on issues impacting forests today and in the future. This ensures inclusivity
in finding the best solutions. To make sure no one viewpoint dominates
the others, our membership has three chambers - environmental, social and economic - that have equal rights in decision-making.
Through our global standard, unrivalled stakeholder
engagement and support from businesses and NGOs, we are the world's
most credible solution for responsible forest management; trusted to secure better outcomes for markets, communities and forests for today and future generations.
FSC labelling tells customers that the materials used originate from sustainable and legal sources.
- Although trees are harvested, there is no net loss of forest over time
- FSC certification
requires biodiversity to be maintained, and high conservation value
areas - including old growth forests - to be protected
Indigenous and Traditional Peoples' rights respected
- FSC certification requires forest inhabitants to be consulted and engaged, and cultural rights to be maintained.
Fair wage and work environment for workers
- FSC certification requires training, safety and decent wages for all workers
ENSURING BETTER OUTCOMES FOR FORESTS AND MARKETS
Organizations of different sizes can gain FSC
certification, including groups of smaller businesses that can operate
under one certificate. The different types of certification include
Forest Management Certification, Chain of Custody
Certification, FSC Trademark Promotional License Certification and
An FSC certified forest provides the assurance that
all these factors have been considered. This assurance extends to all
timber based materials coming from this forest.
FSC is not only good for forest management, it is also good for businesses using materials from FSC certified forests.
FSC Africa: africa.fsc.org
FB page: www.facebook.com/AfricaFSC
FSC Worldwide: www.fsc.org