What is FSC?

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FSC ( Forest Stewardship Council) is a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide.

What makes FSC unique is that it was founded (and is still operated by) environmentalists, social interest groups, indigenous peoples’ organisations, responsible retailers and lead forest management companies.
As a non-profit membership based organisation FSC is driven by the balanced perspectives of these diverse stakeholders.

Through the 10 principles and criteria we ensure that forests are managed in a way that not only takes care of the animals and plants that call it home, but also workers and local communities who rely on forests, and indigenous groups whose heritage connects them to forest landscapes.

FSC Certified - FSC certification logoOur trusted logo can be found all around the world and provides international recognition to organisations who support the growth of responsible forest management.

All ten principles and criteria must be applied in any forest management unit before it can receive FSC certification.
The Principles & Criteria (P & C ) apply to all forest types and to all areas within the management unit included in the scope of the certificate.
The P & C are applicable worldwide and relevant to forest areas and different ecosystems, as well as cultural, political and legal systems. This means that they are not specific to any particular country or region.


Chain of custody (CoC) certification provides a guarantee about the production and source of FSC-certified products. The main objective of CoC certification is to ensure that material from FSC certified forests is tracked through the production and distribution process. CoC certification applies to manufacturers and others who process, transform or trade forest products.

A copy of the latest FSC Chain of Custody Standard to which eligible organisations can be FSC certified is available to download in the resources section of this page. For more information about the FSC CoC certification proccess, please head to the “Become Certified” section of the FSC Australia website. For more information on the Standards development process, please see the FSC International COC Program page.

For information on FSC and the Green Star Timber Credit initiative of the Green Building Council of Australia please click here.