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Every FSC label stands for sustainable sourcing that puts forests and people first.
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Our rigorous forest certification standards are the foundation of the FSC system.
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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.
We take pride in our standing as the world’s most trusted certification system. If anyone connected to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) violates our standards or is involved in destructive forestry activities, we take action.
Our rigorous investigation and reporting process includes the collaboration of accreditation partners, certification bodies, independent experts, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and others. It helps ensure that our standards are upheld, potential violations are thoroughly examined, and bad actors are excluded from the system.
A unique feature of FSC is our Policy for Association. Under this policy, any organization connected with FSC must not engage in unacceptable practices, including:
This policy applies not only to our certificate holders but also to other organizations within their corporate group. It covers destructive practices that take place anywhere, even in forests that aren’t FSC certified.
See how new earth observation technology is helping FSC and its collaborators monitor forest activity.
Businesses, consumers, and other organizations worldwide depend on the integrity of the FSC label. We lead initiatives around the globe to identify, eliminate, and prevent inaccurate and false claims made anywhere in the supply chain.
We do this through:
Additionally, FSC is the only global forest certification system with an integrated accreditation programme that systematically checks its certification bodies. These certification bodies are accountable to strict guidelines to ensure their decisions are made impartially without regard to commercial, financial, or other pressures.
We’re pioneering new ways of using technology to verify claims made throughout the supply chain, including blockchain and wood identification techniques.
Once a company receives certification, they are permitted to use the FSC trademark. There are three ways in which FSC protects its trademark:
We’re leveraging the power of blockchain to revolutionize materials traceability and trade compliance in high-risk supply chains.
We're piloting the application of cutting-edge wood identification technology to root out false claims and trace the origins of timber.
We’re using satellite technology to help auditors monitor forest health and proactively detect threats.
We’re committed to addressing activities that violate our core values. We follow a rigorous process to manage and investigate allegations pertaining to our Policy for Association.
The allegation could be raised through ongoing proactive assessments made by FSC or by a complaint submitted by variety of stakeholders, including civil society organizations, concerned citizens, and others.
Once FSC determines that the allegation is supported by adequate evidence, a Policy for Association case is opened. The case is assessed to determine the best way to move forward. This could include bringing concerned parties together to find a resolution, launching an investigation, or moving directly to a decision.
We assign an independent investigation team made up of experts in the area of the alleged offense. We take investigations very seriously and ensure they are conducted thoroughly and fairly.
A decision is made by the FSC Policy for Association Decision Panel based on the final report by the investigation team. Any decisions on disassociation are also reviewed by the FSC International Board of Directors.
Organizations involved in unacceptable activities have their certificates terminated and are excluded from participation in the FSC system.
In an effort to be transparent and deter organizations from harming the integrity of FSC, we share case updates about our investigations into high-risk supply chains and alleged violations of our Policy for Association.
Policy for Association violations: Our remedy and reform process requires organizations that have been removed from the FSC system for violating the Policy for Association to make amends for the harm they have caused and permanently change the way they work in the future.
Through extensive collaboration and consultation, a plan is formulated to remedy the harm caused and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Supply chain integrity cases: FSC can block a company if it violates the certification standards. This blockage lasts for a specific period of time. If the blockage is to be lifted sooner, then the company has to perform corrective actions and pay a penalty fee.
We rely on our stakeholders to help us identify problems in the forest or in the supply chain.