The Forest Stewardship Council’s mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests.Their vision is to meet the current needs for forest products without compromising the health of the world’s forests for future generations.
Today the FSC is headquartered in Bonn, Germany, operating in more than 80 countries, wherever forests are present. In 1995, the US chapter of the FSC was established, and is now headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
How to become FSC Certified
The FSC has developed a set of 10 principles and 57 Criteria that apply to FSC-certified forests around the world. Forest management operations that meet the principles and criteria for the environmental, economic and social standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) are awarded certification.
WHY FORESTS ARE IMPORTANT
- Deforestation and forest destruction is the second leading cause of carbon pollution, causing 20% of total greenhouse gas emissions.
- Forests filter the water we drink and the air we breathe.
- Worldwide, 1.6 billion people rely on forests for their livelihoods, including food, clothing, or shelter.
- Forests are home to nearly half of the world’s species, including some of the most endangered birds and mammals, such as orangutans, gorillas, pandas, Northern Spotted Owls and Marbled Murrelets.