199,000,000 Hectares Certified by 2019
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is considered on the pioneers of forest certification. As advocates for sustainable forest management, FSC uses their resources to promote responsible management for forests around the world. The organization was formed after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio was unable to create an agreement to stop deforestation, so a collection of businesses, environmentalists, and community leaders came together under the goal of improving forestry practices world-wide. The FSC officially started in 1994 and since have certified over 199,000,000 hectares of forest.
To receive FSC forest management certification, a forest operation must adhere to the ten principles outlined by the association:
• Principle #1: Compliance with laws
Requires compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
• Principle #2: Workers' rights and employment conditions
Requires the maintenance or enhancement of the social and economic well-being of workers.