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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.
Responsible forestry does more than protect the health and resilience of forests—it also protects the well-being of the people who live and work in them. These people include community and family forest managers, Indigenous Peoples living on their ancestral lands, and workers whose livelihoods depend on forest products.
We will all share the same belief and respect for Mother Earth. We are all here to be good stewards of Mother Earth and to our Indigenous cultural landscapes.
Anders Blom, Chairperson of the FSC Indigenous Foundation Council
For Eudoxie and others in Gabon, FSC certification has created safer, better-paying jobs and more access to healthcare and education.
In Quintana Roo, Mexico, Oswaldo and Luis help manage the world’s first community forest to earn FSC certification.
In the rainforests of Peru, responsible forestry is helping the Callería community protect the Amazon for generations to come.
When forests are FSC certified, their managers commit to ensuring the social and economic well-being of workers and local communities. All organizations with FSC’s chain of custody certification agree to core labour requirements that include no child or forced labour, no employment discrimination, and the right to collective bargaining.
FSC standards require forest managers to uphold the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Additionally, FSC’s governance structure ensures Indigenous voices are heard at the highest levels of FSC decision-making.
FSC has a portfolio of solutions and tools that help make certification easier and more affordable for forests managed by communities and families. Group certification, for example, enables multiple forest managers to share the workload and cost of the process.
FSC teams around the world help connect local communities and families to the growing market for sustainably sourced forest materials—not only timber but also bamboo, nuts, natural rubber, cork, and other forest products We’re also developing tools that help connect small suppliers with the right market opportunities.
FSC and its Indigenous community partners around the world founded the FSC Indigenous Foundation in 2018 to support Indigenous Peoples driving change for their territories, development, and rights, and their active role in forest and nature-based solutions worldwide. The Foundation is advised by the FSC Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee (PIPC), a group that ensures Indigenous voices are heard at the highest levels of FSC decision-making.
Goals of the Foundation include:
We’re committed to securing workers’ rights by incorporating core labour requirements into the FSC certification system. These requirements include:
We’re working to advance equitable participation in decision-making and the empowerment of workers, Indigenous Peoples, communities, smallholders, women, and other under-represented groups. We recognize that peoples of the world come from a range of cultures and backgrounds, all of which deserve understanding and inclusion.