Benefits of certification

Lumber extraction Tierra Blanca, Chimalapa Region Oaxaca, Mexico. rel=
Lumber extraction Tierra Blanca, Chimalapa Region Oaxaca, Mexico.
© WWF / Anthony B. RATH

Environmental benefits

FSC was started with environmental goals in mind. Members wanted to create a system to guarantee that the forest industry was helping protect, rather than destroy, forests.
FSC's environmental criteria recognize that forest management should:

  • Conserve biological diversity and its values: water resources, soils, unique and fragile ecosytems and landscapes
  • Maintain the ecological functions and integrity of the forest
  • Protect threatened and endangered species and their habitats

Social benefits

FSC's concept of sustainable forest management aims to ensure that human rights for communities and forest workers are respected.

To meet the social criteria laid down by FSC, all certified forestry operations must seek permission from indigenous groups before forestry work can begin.

Local people who traditionally use forests to collect food, firewood, building materials or medicinal plants must still have access to the forest resources that support their livelihoods.
Why FSC? Genuine responsible forest management
WhyFSC is an initiative of a number of European companies, and collects independant research to demonstrate why FSC is the only certification system to offer genuine certainty about responsible forest management.

Economic benefits

Certification can enhance profitability.
Research demonstrates that FSC makes good business. Positive benefits of FSC certification include:
•    improved market access
•    higher prices
•    more stable contracts
•    favorable credit arrangements
•    improved production efficiency
•    enhanced public image

Notably, FSC certification can help build market share and lead to greater management efficiency through improved planning and record keeping.

Many FSC certified forest operations have considerably reduced costs and increased profits because natural management requires less work, for example, when priority is given to natural regeneration instead of planting.

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