Commonwealth NGOs
related to forestry

bullet1 GLOBAL

bullet2 Forest Stewardship Council International

HQ situated in Germany


Type of NGO:  NGO,

Interest in Forestry: central

Contact method: email :  


In the wake of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 1992

(Rio Summit), concerned business representatives, social groups and environmental organizations got together and established the Forest Stewardship Council. Its purpose is to improve forest management worldwide.

What began in as not much more than an innovative idea has turned into the leading model for environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and  economically viable forest stewardship. Today, FSC is the only internationally recognized standard setting organization for responsible forest management supported by the corporate sector as well as environmental organizations and social groups.

FSC was established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

How we do this

FSC brings people together to promote responsible forest management and to find solutions to the problems created by bad forestry practices.

FSC does so in providing standard setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services and market access for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry.

Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.

In 2007 we adopted the FSC Global Strategy. This strategy charts the course of  FSC for the next five years.