Technical Updates


Monday, 18 January 2021
FSC International Board Approves Core Labour Requirements within the FSC Chain of Custody Normative Framework


FSC International has reached an important milestone with the approval of the FSC core labour requirements within the Chain of Custody standards. With this new step, the principles of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Core Conventions and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at work (1998) are integrated into FSC’s Chain of Custody standards.

The revised FSC Chain of Custody standards (FSC-STD-40-004 & FSC-STD-20-011) now include the FSC core labour requirements, which are auditable social compliance requirements. This puts workers’ rights on the agenda for around 45,000 FSC Chain of Custody certificate holders all over the world. It means that consumers can now know that FSC-certified products come from companies that are checked for their respect for workers’ rights.

The FSC core labour requirements include effective abolition of child labour, elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour, the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation, respect of freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.

This achievement is the result of a long process spanning several years of discussion within the FSC membership. Workers, company representatives and other stakeholders have negotiated the new rules. The recommendation to the FSC board for approving the new rules was delivered in complete consensus in the Technical Working Group that was set up to develop the accreditation requirements for CoC certification and define how FSC-accredited certification bodies shall audit the generic criteria and indicators based on ILO Core Conventions.

Publication of standards and technical information

More information on the technical and specific requirements will soon follow with the publication of the FSC Chain of Custody Certification standard (FSC-STD-40-004) and FSC Chain of Custody Evaluations standard (FSC-STD-20-011).

For more information about this process, please visit the project page.

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