The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an non-profit, non-governmental, international member-led organisation promoting responsible forest management worldwide. It was established in 1994 and originated from a group of people coming together after the Earth Summit in Rio (1992) to create an approach that would strive to improve forestry practices. FSC pioneered forest certification and has grown to become the world’s most respected, trusted and widespread sustainable forest management solution and certification system.

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Mission and Vision


FSC will promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.



The true value of forests is recognised and fully incorporated into society worldwide. FSC is the leading catalyst and defining force for improved forest management and market transformation, shifting the global forest trend towards sustainable use, conservation, restoration, and respect for all.

FSC GLOBAL STRATEGY 2021-2026 (English version).pdf
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FSC Global Strategy 2021-2026

The new strategy was approved by the FSC International Board of Directors in their 86th meeting on 16-20 November 2020. This strategy sets the direction and the intended outcomes for FSC until 2026 as agreed by the board after a two-year-long process.

The process to develop the FSC Global Strategy (2021–2026) was led by the FSC International Board of Directors. This consists of two rounds of public consultation and virtual dialogues with the FSC Membership and global staff of FSC, including network partners.


There are three main levels of decision making at FSC:

  • The General Assembly of Members that is FSC's highest decision-making body. Motions are proposed by one member, and seconded by two more, voted on by members, weighted according to the north-south chamber structure.
  • FSC Board of Directors that is accountable to the FSC members. It is made up of nine elected representatives, with three elected from each of the chambers for a three-year term.
  • A Director General who is leading a multicultural professional team at the FSC International Center in Bonn, Germany. In collaboration with the Global Network, the Director General runs FSC on a day-to-day basis.