The Value of FSC for Businesses

Corporate social responsibility and sustainability are more than just buzzwords. Consumers and societies expect businesses to be part of the solution when it comes to environmental and social issues. For any business associated with productive forests and forest products, working with FSC makes sense. We can help your business with improved efficiency, market access, meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and more. We have tailored solutions for different sectors, from furniture to pulp and paper. And we provide additional tools for businesses that choose to work with us, such as marketing materials to promote your collaboration with FSC.

Wood Manufacture
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Products & Services

FSC Solid Timber
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Wood is a wonderful material: beautiful to look at, easy to work with, renewable, recyclable, carbon-efficient, low-energy and high-performance. FSC-certified timber is a strong pillar for more sustainable timber industries, such as construction and furniture. Not only does FSC certification guarantee the use of environmentally-appropriate forest management practices in the production of wood, but it is also increasingly useful for companies participating in the green building industry, as well as helping ensure compliance with changing timber regulations and meeting increasing consumer demand for eco-friendly options.
FSC Fibre
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The fibre value chain encompasses the packaging, paper and hygiene sectors, all of which source pulp for the production of a variety of products – from tissues to paperboard and printing paper. According to recent FSC/GlobeScan global consumer research, people expect companies to do more to protect the environment, and increasingly check information about a product before they buy it. Sustainable forest management practices allow the packaging and paper sectors to highlight their commitment to responsible sourcing and to enhance their brand reputation.
FSC Innovation
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Forests have always produced more than the quintessential forest products such as furniture, construction materials, pulp and paper. However, technological advancements are expanding the potential for surprising and innovative forest products to replace less sustainable alternatives. FSC certification adds an additional guarantee that the forests where these products are sourced are managed responsibly.
Retail
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Retailers play a vital role in the shift towards sustainable consumption. They are often the 'gatekeepers' between consumers and producers, and often have a responsibility to label and communicate about sustainable products. Due to their direct line of communication with consumers, retailers can influence the decisions made by consumers, and in this way, drive sustainability trends forward.
FSC label 100% FFAF wooden bowl
FSC G.D
Seen on thousands of product labels around the world, the FSC trademarks – most recognisably the famous FSC logo – are trusted by ethical consumers worldwide.
FSC Certificiation Resource
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FSC has an array of resources to help you navigate the certification process. The links below provide an overview, and more comprehensive materials can be downloaded from the document centre. Please consider subscribing to our newsletter for the latest updates from across the FSC system.
FSC Smallholder and Communities
FSC Denmark
Smallholders and communities are at the heart of FSC. We have launched a number of different projects over the last 25 years, and we have achieved a lot. The wealth of knowledge and resources we have built up was harnessed to inform our latest project, launched to look into new and specific solutions. It is called the New Approaches for Smallholders and Communities Certification project.
FSC Ecosystem Services For Business
FSC GD / Arturo Escobar
The FSC Ecosystem Services Procedure provides businesses and governments with a new tool to demonstrate and communicate the impact their purchases, investments and financial support have on the conservation and restoration of forest ecosystem services.
FSC Timber Legislation
FSC GD / Jean Baptiste Lopez
FSC regards compliance with relevant legislation regulating timber trade and related matters as an essential component of responsible forest management.

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Is your business interested in the benefits FSC can provide?

FSC certification can help companies meet legislative requirements while improving market access, increasing revenue and showcasing your sustainability policies.

FSC is the certification of choice for thousands of businesses worldwide. Why should you join us?

  1. FSC is endorsed by big brands in businesses and by NGOs;
  2. FSC is the global gold standard in forest certification; and
  3. We provide an inclusive platform to engage stakeholders.

Vancouver Declaration

Businesses that use the world’s resources have a duty to ensure they’re responsibly sourced and cared for. Because of this, and as part of our dedication to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, FSC is proud to introduce the Vancouver Declaration.

Natural Rubber

Sourcing sustainable natural rubber

Rubber is used in many items of our daily lives, including shoes, tyres, footballs, condoms and even medical products, such as catheters and gloves. When it is not managed responsibly, it can have grave negative impacts on the environment, communities and workers' livelihoods.

Bonn Initiaive

The Bonn Initiative was launched by FSC during the COP23 climate change event. This initiative builds on the Vancouver Declaration, with signatory companies, such as IKEA and SIG, supporting the development of scientifically-rigorous methodologies to quantify the climate benefits of FSC certification.

Documents

FSC Global Market Survey Report 2018.pdf
PDF, Size: 9.25MB
Product Sustainability Assesment_EN.pdf
PDF, Size: 2.86MB
FSC_MIP_2016-2017.pdf
PDF, Size: 12.82MB
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