FSC works to improve forest management worldwide, and through certification creates an incentive for forest owners and managers to follow best social and environmental practices.
The growing demand for FSC certified products tells forest owners thatbusinesses and consumers prefer products from well managed forests.
This incentive brings direct benefits to the forest, such as protecting biodiversity, indigenous peoples' rights, worker’s rights, and areas of significant environmental or cultural importance.
FSCprovides a connection between the forest and the end user, ensuring thatproducts with the FSC label uphold principles and criteria which bring thehighest social and environmental benefits.
FSC certification can positively impact workers and communities, shiftgovernance processes globally and change economic and environmental conditionsin the forest. This impact improves conditions such conflict over land tenureand use, worker's health and safety, biodiversity conservation, protection ofendangered species and participatory forest policy.
By working to promote environmentally and socially beneficial forest management, FSC helps both local communities and society at large to enjoy long-term benefits of managing forests in a responsible way.
As the world's most respected forest certification scheme,FSC is a global system with certificates issued in all forest types around theworld.
When forest operations meet FSC requirements, the materials and products carrythe FSC label and provide businesses and consumers with a powerful tool toinfluence how forests worldwide are managed.