Shape the future of responsible forest management


FSC members are fundamental to the organization and its vision. Diverse economic, social and environmental interests share decision-making authority, bringing integrity and resilience to the FSC system. But membership doesn’t just give you a seat at the decision-making table. It also allows you to become part of a vibrant international group of individuals and organizations.

It offers you the opportunity to build influential connections – whether face-to-face or through a range of social media – and strengthen your networks.

As an organization, we bring together, among others, private enterprises, NGOs, international organizations, indigenous groups, and educational institutions. All of whom share a common desire to improve the state of the world’s forests and keep our forests for all, forever.

Benefits of Membership

  • Support healthy forests and strong communities
  • Join an international network of individuals, companies and organizations taking action to improve the state of the world’s forests;
  • Have a voice on the conservation and responsible use of our forests;
  • Participate in FSC's governance by submitting motions
    and voting at General Assemblies,
  • Participate in Annual General Meetings and electing our Board of Directors;
  • Are able to run for the FSC Canada or FSC International Board of Directors
  • Participate in the development of FSC certification standards, policies and procedures.

Who can join?

FSC membership is open to everyone. We have two types of members:

  • organizational members (forestry companies, environmental groups, retailers etc)
  • individual members (academics, students, or activists)

Cost of Membership

For organizational members, fees depend on the size of the organization.

  • individual member: $100 USD
  • non-profit organization: from $150 to $5,000 USD
  • for-profit organization: from $200 to $10,000 USD

FSC will issue the first invoice on approval of your application. Membership fees can be paid by cheque, credit card or bank-to-bank transfer.

NOTE: We are currently running a promotion for members applying to the Aboriginal Chamber in Canada - for those that apply before December 31, 2019, we will waive your FSC membership fee for 2 years.


Organizations must:

  • Submit a FSC Membership application form;
  • Provide signed letters of support from two FSC members;
  • Provide a signed ‘self-declaration’ form;
  • Provide organizational statutes, annual report, and publicly available financial information.


  • If the applicant is a non-profit organization, evidence of charitable or non-profit status is needed.
  • For applicants to the Economic Chamber, details of commercial activities are required and must have demonstrated a commitment to implementing the FSC Principles and Criteria in their operations.

Individuals must:

  • Submit a FSC Membership application form;
  • Provide signed letters of support from two FSC members;
  • Provide a signed ‘self-declaration’ form;
  • Provide curriculum vitae.

Application Approval

The membership committee will decide whether your application is approved. This will take a minimum of four weeks. If your application is approved, you will have full voting rights immediately.

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