What is FSC®?
FSC is an abbreviation for Forest Stewardship Council®. The FSC is an organization that was founded in 1992. The objective of this organization was and still is the preservation of the forests and setting standards for responsible forestrys.
The different FSC certifications
There are two different types of FSC certifications. The first certificate can be issued to foresters / rangers, assuming that the management of the forest matches the requirements of the FSC. The other FSC certificate can also be issued to forest owners, assuming that they fulfill the requirements that are set by the organization, too. Even corporations can obtain a certificate, if the processing of the resources, which are gained from certified forests, are matching the FSC standards.
FSC certification of product chains
A certification can be issued for whole product chains, but only if the materials, used in the whole processing, are FSC certified materials. These requirements can be guaranteed, because the corporations, which manufacture FSC certified products, have to be FSC certified, too. The FSC certification for product chains is also called CoC certification.
FSC certification of forest areas
A certification for a forest area can be issued to forest owners or foresters, if the management or usage of the area goes according to the FSC requirements. The FSC pursues the natural behavior of the forest as a model. A sustainable management and the distribution of the FSC certificate are the main purposes of the organization.
Reasons that speak for the FSC certificate
A FSC certificate is only issued, when all the FSC standards are met. These standards contain ecological and social minimum standards for the management of forests and forest areas and they are globally valid. Additionally, it also contains the supervision of the processing of recourses that are gained of the forests. Thus, it is not enough to keep these standards during the acquiring of the resources, but also during the whole processing, up until the product reaches the end-consumer. Independent certificate authorities, like the BM TRADA, verify that the standards, justifying a FSC certificate, are met, on a yearly basis.