Trademark Use

Labelling and promoting with FSC trademarks highlights your achievements in responsible sourcing of forest-derived materials and informs consumers and clients that their purchasing choices contribute to taking care of the world’s forests. The FSC trademarks are the primary communication tools for FSC certificate holders to demonstrate that their products meet the standards set by FSC. Compliance with the FSC trademark standard is mandatory for all FSC certificate holders making use of the FSC trademarks.

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Trademark standard for certificate holders

This standard is mandatory for all FSC certificate holders who are entitled to use the FSC trademarks and sets out how to use the FSC trademarks correctly. The standard covers use of the FSC trademarks on FSC certified products, use for promotion of FSC certified products, and for promotion of the company's status as an FSC certificate holder. 

Version 2-1 of the FSC trademark standard for certificate holders was published on October 1, 2021 and becomes effective for all certificate holders on January 1, 2022 (transition period for existing certificate holders: January 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024).

 

Requirements for use of the FSC trademarks by certificate holders (FSC-STD-50-001 V2-1)
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Requirements For The Use Of The FSC Trademarks By Certificate Holders (FSC-STD-50-001 V2-0)
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Access to FSC Graphics

Use the online ‘Trademark Portal’ to download high-resolution graphics of the FSC Labels and promotional logos. Access codes and passwords are available from your certifier

FSC Trademark Quick Guide (FSC-STD-50-001 V2-0)
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Trademark quick guide

This trademark quick guide was developed based on the FSC Trademark Standard 50-001 (V2-0). This guide provides the core information extracted from the trademark standard with visual examples to help trademark users communicate their commitment and achievements in a simple way. It does not, however, cover all aspects of trademark use. Therefore, should queries arise, please refer to FSC trademark standard 50-001 (V2-0) for detailed information and trademark rules in conjunction with this quick guide.

Approval of FSC Label use

FSC-certified companies must send a sample of the FSC Label and/or promotional use (electronically) to their certifier for approval.

Special Approval for FSC Trademark Use in Canada - Bilingual Labels (FSC-STD-50-001-V2)
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Special Approval for Canada - Bilingual Labels

Although the FSC labels are available in bilingual formats, the label text (e.g. MIX) generally appears only in 1 language when downloaded from the trademark portal. This special approval gives Canadian companies the ability to translate the label text so that it may appear in both English and French (e.g., MIX/MIXTE) in order to comply with Canadian language laws. 

Training

FSC offers all certified companies a free online course on how to use the FSC trademark through our international etraining platform. Admission to the course is obtained by sending an email to etraining@fsc.org