Benefits of FSC


Protects Forests & Wildlife

Caribou (© Valerie Courtois)© Valerie CourtoisFSC is the only forest certification system that protects rare and endangered forests and wildlife. All forests that are undergoing FSC certification must be assessed to determine if they contain any areas of high conservation value, and if these do exist they must take action to protect and enhance these values.


Protects Aboriginal Peoples' Rights

Aboriginal PeoplesFSC is the only forest certification system that requires consultation with local Aboriginal Peoples with the intention of protecting their rights, on both public and private lands. FSC forest management requirements include an entire section dedicated to the rights of Aboriginal peoples (Principle 3), and are widely recognized as most extensively and specifically addressing the needs of Aboriginal Peoples.


Protects Community & Worker's Rights

Forest Communities & WorkersWith respect to the rights of communities and workers, the FSC standard not only requires forest managers to consult with these social groups, but to provide fair compensation; protect their health, safety and livelihoods; and allow them to organize under international labor conventions. FSC’s standards go far above and beyond worker training and insurance.


Transparency, Accountability & Independent Verification

Equal Power (© Franke James)© Franke JamesThe FSC has the largest, most diverse, most independent membership of any forest certification system in the world. The FSC is directly accountable to all of its members, who each have an equal vote and therefore a voice in standards development and governance. Not only are stakeholders invited to provide input and comment on FSC standards and policies when they are being developed, but their input is actively solicited through the forest management certification process itself. For each FSC Forest Management certificate that is granted, a public summary prepared by the independent Certification Body is posted publicly online.


Worldwide Credibility

WorldFSC is the only forest certification system supported by major international, national and local Aboriginal, Environmental, and Social groups.  FSC is the only forest certification system supported by credible environmental and social organizations including Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Canada Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), and The Sierra Club of Canada. All of these organizations and many more, recognize FSC certification as the only legitimate, and the most rigorous, forest certification system in the world.


Market Acceptance

FSC Wood & Paper (© Franke James)© Franke JamesThe North American and global marketplace recognize FSC as the most credible and effective forest certification system in the world. FSC is the only forest certification system to be exclusively preferred by government agencies, corporations, and others around the world. Leading organizations are not only purchasing FSC-certified products, but they are also putting in place formal procurement policies requiring that suppliers provide FSC-certified products.

In Canada, all of the major banks print on FSC-certified paper, and CIBC, Scotiabank and RBC all have procurement policies requiring FSC certification. 

Governments are also recognizing the positive impact they can have on our forests and both the Province of Ontario and the Alberta Ministry of Environment require FSC-certified paper be used.

The book and magazine publishing sector has also recognized the impact they can have on our forests through their purchasing decisions, with authors like Harry Potter`s J.K. Rowling, as well as major publishers such as Penguin, Random House, and Scholastic requiring FSC-certified papers for their publications.

Not to be left behind, retailers such as RONA, Home Depot, and Indigo Books & Music have also responded to their customers’ needs by putting in place wood and paper policies that require FSC certification of products and suppliers.


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