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FSC has joined 100+ NGOs supporting the #Together4Forests movement.
The FSC Ecosystem Services Procedure has helped Maderacre verify its positive impacts on biodiversity and carbon.
Companies committed to sustainable forest management in the Congo are doing their part to advance the life of Indigenous Peoples, like the Baaka, with dignity.
FSC takes strong action to prevent such practices and materials from entering supply chains, and against certificate holders that do not conform with FSC’s rules to prevent illegal logging.Fighting illegal logging
The FSC Policy for Association complements the stringent rules FSC already has in place against illegal timber. It strictly forbids organizations associated with FSC to get involved in unacceptable activities that would contradict the core values of FSC. In fact, the first unacceptable activity listed in the Policy for Association is ‘Illegal logging or the trade in illegal wood or forest products’. Violating this policy can result in the termination of all association with FSC.
Additionally, the first principle of FSC’s Principles and Criteria requires that businesses comply with all applicable national laws and regulations, along with international treaties.Issues affecting the legality of wood
FSC regards legality as an essential step towards sustainable forest management, but not as a sufficient action. The level of enforcement of the regulations varies greatly from one country to another across the world.
Issues like corruption or weak state institutions and governance can for instance increase the risks of illegally harvested timber in countries where laws are not strictly followed.
By developing its own set of rules– the most stringent in this area - FSC has therefore turned its system into a reliable tool companies can use to demonstrate they meet the requirements of distinct legislations, sometimes going even beyond national regulations.
FSC has for example developed a number of national and regional forest management standards through inclusive and multi-stakeholder processes. These versions contribute to adapt FSC management standards to the specific local situation of each country and can include additional indicators to protect forests from illegal logging in countries where the national laws are less strict.Mechanisms against illegal logging
FSC has developed various mechanisms to minimize the risks of illegally harvested timber.
Apart from its standards, these key measures include:
For more information, please read our position statement on Supply Chain Fraud.