The Forest Stewardship Council®, usually shortened to FSC®, was created in the early 1990s to help protect the environment. It is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forestry. FSC certifies forests all over the world to ensure they meet the highest environmental and social standards.
The FSC Mission
The Forest Stewardship Council shall promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.
The 10 Principles
FSC has 10 rules to ensure responsible forest management:
- Comply with all applicable laws, regulations and nationally-ratified international treaties, conventions and agreements.
- Maintain or enhance the social and economic wellbeing of workers.
- Identify and uphold Indigenous Peoples’ legal and customary rights of ownership, use and management of land, territories and resources affected by management activities.
- Contribute to maintaining or enhancing the social and economic wellbeing of local communities.
- Efficiently manage the range of multiple products and services of the Management Unit to maintain or enhance long term economic viability and the range of environmental and social benefits.
- Maintain, conserve and/or restore ecosystem services and environmental values of the Management Unit, and shall avoid, repair or mitigate negative environmental impacts.
- Have a management plan consistent with its policies and objectives and proportionate to scale, intensity and risks of its management activities. The management plan shall be implemented and kept up to date based on monitoring information in order to promote adaptive management. The associated planning and procedural documentation shall be sufficient to guide staff, inform affected stakeholders and interested stakeholders and to justify management decisions.
- Demonstrate that, progress towards achieving the management objectives, the impacts of management activities and the condition of the Management Unit, are monitored and evaluated proportionate to the scale, intensity and risk of management activities, in order to implement adaptive management.
- Maintain and/or enhance the High Conservation Values in the Management Unit through applying the precautionary approach.
- Management activities conducted by or for the organisation for the management unit shall be selected and implemented consistent with the organisation’s economic, environmental and social policies and objectives and in compliance with the Principles and Criteria collectively.specting the customary and legal rights of indigenous people to own and manage their lands and territories. Their resources should also be respected.
Read more about the FSC's mission and principles by visiting the FSC website.
How are FSC standards met and maintained?
Based on FSC’s ten principles of forest stewardship, forests are inspected by independent, FSC 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 FSC 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 FSC.
Here at AVS Fencing, we are very proud to be FSC® certified (FSC C120422)