A Guide to FSC Accreditation

The FSCTM, short for the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM, was created in the early 1990s to help protect the environment. The FSCTM is now a worldwide recognised standard of responsible forestry management, promoting three key aims.

The FSCTM are committed to promoting environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. The organisation also employ ten key principles for Forest StewardshipTM, including Community Relations and Worker’s Rights, Tenure and Use Rights and Responsibilities, and Benefits from the Forest.

The FSCTM Mission

The Forest Stewardship CouncilTM of the UK focuses on being environmentally appropriate, ensuring that the harvest of timber and non-timber products maintains the forest’s ecological processes, productivity and biodiversity.

The FSC’sTM next target is to be socially beneficial. This relates to helping local people and society to enjoy long term benefits and encourage them to sustain the forest resources.

Finally, the FSCTM aims to provide economically viable forest management. This initiative involves structuring and managing forest operations to make them sufficiently profitable, without creating financial profit at the expense of the ecosystem, forest resource or affected communities.

Key Principles for Forest StewardshipTM

Their first principle falls under Compliance with Laws and FSCTM Principles, and relates to Forest management, respecting all applicable laws of the country, and international treaties and agreements to which the country is a signatory. Forest management must also comply with all FSCTM Principles and Criteria.

Also on their list is the matter of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. FSCTM are committed to respecting the customary and legal rights of indigenous people to own and manage their lands and territories. Their resources should also be respected.

Another FSCTM key principle relates to Environmental Impact. Forest management is dedicated to conserving biological diversity and its associated values, as well as other things like fragile ecosystems and landscapes, water resources, and soils. By doing this the FSCTM hope to maintain the ecological function of the forest.

For the full list of FSCTM key principles, visit the official website.

Members of FSCTM

The international and non-governmental organisation have members from diverse backgrounds, such as representatives of social non-governmental and environmental organisations, the timber trade, retailers, and forestry organisations.

There are three chambers called environmental, social and economic, and members apply to join just one.

How are FSCTM standards met and maintained?

Based on FSC’sTM ten principles of forest stewardship, as mentioned before, forests are inspected by independent, FSCTM accredited organisations, and then certified against strict standards.

Forests must be managed in an environmentally appropriate, economically viable, and socially beneficial manner, in order to become FSCTM certified. Only timber that comes from forests meeting these strict standards can carry the FSC label.

A chain of custody tracks the timber through every stage in the supply chain and is monitored through the invoicing process. The product receives a final label with a code to confirm that the item is genuinely FSCTM.

Playing our Part

AVS Fencing Supplies are proud to say that we are FSCTM members and that many of our timber products are accredited. Find out more about all of our accreditations and memberships by visiting our accreditations page.

9th Apr 2019