FSC’s mission is to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests.

FSC UK’s objectives are to promote, for the benefit of the public, the protection and conservation of the world’s forests. In particular, but not exclusively, by:

1) Raising awareness of the value of responsibly managed forests

2) Promoting and supporting a programme of voluntary forest management certification and chain of custody certification

3) Developing consensus around standards for good forest management

4) Increasing public awareness about independent certification.

FSC and the Sustainable Development Goals 

FSC contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals in the following ways: 

Goal 15. Life on land
Goal 15 focuses on the conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems – such as forests, wetlands, drylands and mountains – by 2020. FSC facilitates the sustainable management of forests.

Target 15.2 requires that, by 2020, implementation of sustainable forest management is promoted, deforestation is halted, and forest restoration and afforestation are substantially increased and continuing.

In addition to target 15.2, FSC is an instrument for achieving 11 SDGs through its promotion and effective oversight of sustainable forest management, promotion of inclusive decision-making by all stakeholders involved, and facilitation of responsible consumer choice for forest-related products:

Goal 1. No poverty
FSC forest management rules require the payment of reasonable, ‘living’ wages, training, the protection of forest workers, and agreements with local populations that guarantee they share in the benefits of forest management.

Goal 2. Zero hunger
Forests and trees can be managed to provide better and more nutritionally balanced diets and deliver ecosystem services for crop production.

Goal 5. Gender equality
FSC’s Principles and Criteria incorporate requirements for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in forest management.

Goal 6. Clean water and sanitation
FSC-certified foresters are obliged to avoid negative impacts on water quality and quantity, and mitigate and remedy those that occur.

Goal 7. Affordable and clean energy
2.6 billion people depend on wood energy, with a large proportion of these living in developing countries. FSC certification can be used to ensure that wood energy is effective as an alternative to fossil fuels, and avoids adverse impacts.

Goal 8. Decent work and economic growth
The FSC system is a model in which the use of wood as an environmentally and socially sound resource actively contributes to sustainable economic development.

Goal 12. Responsible consumption and production
FSC is a tool to promote the sustainable production of forest products.

Goal 13. Climate action
Forests play an essential role in climate regulation. FSC contributes to mitigating climate change by promoting sustainable forest management, and the recycling of used wood materials.

Goal 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
For FSC, the enforcement of relevant laws is the basis of sustainable forest management.

Goal 17. Partnerships for the goals
FSC assists in the implementation of timber legality legislation that aims to close down markets for illegally harvested timber.

To find out more please contact FSC 

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