FSC® is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible
management of the world’s forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern
about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme. There are
national working groups more than 50 countries including the UK. FSC UK is a registered
charity. It is supported by NGOs including WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust.
Every year an area half the size of the UK is cleared of natural forests: temperate
and tropical, North and South and on every continent. These forests, which once covered
half of the planet, are irreplaceable and their loss has profound economic, social
and environmental impacts. Sixty million indigenous people and countless species
of plants and animals are wholly dependent on forests to live and forests support
up to 1.6 billion of the poorest people in the world.
The products of this illegal trade can be found throughout the UK, from building
sites to private homes. We think this is unacceptable and we exist to make sure people
can buy timber and wood products with the confidence that they are contributing towards
safeguarding the world’s forests.
The FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components: Forest
Management and Chain of Custody certification. This system allows consumers to identify,
purchase and use timber and forest products produced from well-managed forests.
The FSC logo The Forest Stewardship Council’s “tick tree” logo is used on product
labels to indicate whether products are certified under the FSC system. When you
see the FSC logo on a label you can buy timber and other wood products, such as paper,
with the confidence that you are not contributing to the destruction of the world’s
FSC UK is legally and financially independent of FSC international. It sets forest
management standards for the UK, promotes the system and provides an information