The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is 20 years old
FSC logo painted on sustainable harvested logs. Uzachi forest, Oaxaca, Mexico
Twenty years on from its creation in 1994, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has certified 180 million hectares of forest across 81 countries worldwide as sustainably managed. The FSC was created by governments, industry, labour and NGOs including WWF to mobilize market forces, including consumer choice, in support of responsible forest management that delivers social and environmental benefits.
FSC-certified forests provide more benefits to local communities than uncertified forests, as reported in April by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which noted FSC certification in Africa’s Congo Basin countries has pushed logging companies towards significant social benefits including schooling.