The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international not for-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. Its main tools for achieving this are standard setting, certification and labelling of forest products.
The FSC® Chain of Custody (CoC) system allows the tracking of FSC® certified material from the forest to the consumer. It is a method by which companies can show their commitment to the environment and responsible forest management. Only companies that have FSC® chain of custody certification are allowed to use the FSC® trademarks and labels to promote their products. The FSC® label therefore provides a link between responsible production and responsible consumption and helps the consumer to make socially and environmentally responsible buying decisions.