The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is a nongovernmental, non-profit organization that promotes the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC Certification is regarded as one of the toughest standards for exemplary forestry management in the world. FSC is supported by trusted environmental organizations including the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Greenpeace, NRDC, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, and The Wilderness Society.
FSC certification standards include specific policies for how forests should be managed; these policies address social, economic, ecological, cultural, and spiritual needs of present and future generations. By complying with these policies, foresters around the world are making a positive impact in forests and their communities.
An organization must conform to all applicable FSC requirements before it can earn FSC certification and the right to use the FSC label. Managing forests to FSC requirements means following the highest social and environmental criteria. This is how FSC has a direct and positive impact on the world’s forests. The FSC product labeling system provides a credible link between responsible forest management and products containing wood. This system enables consumers to make socially and environmentally responsible purchasing decisions in the market place.
FSC does not issue certificates itself. The FSC certification process is carried out by independent organizations called certification bodies. Certification bodies assess forest management and chain of custody operations against FSC standards. Each certificate holder is audited at least once a year and must fully comply with FSC requirements to achieve and maintain FSC certification. This process allows FSC to remain independent from the assessment process and supports the integrity of the FSC certification system.
FSC certification is very important when it comes to redwood. Mendocino redwood and Douglas-fir forestlands have been certified to the standards of FSC since 2000. You may Contact Us to inquire about the availability of specific FSC certified products. In addition, The Home Depot has made a commitment to sourcing FSC certified wood. Please read our blog post to learn more: The Home Depot: An Ongoing Commitment to FSC.