We care about the health of the forests. Wherever possible, we specify woods certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC is a pioneer forum where the global consensus on responsible forest management convenes and through democratic process effects solutions to the pressures facing the world’s forests and forest-dependent communities. Within this forum, voices from the Global North and South, from organizations big and small, assemble to define environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management and identify the tools and resources that will effect positive, lasting change.
As a multi-stakeholder organization, FSC applies the directive of its membership to develop forest management and chain of custody standards, deliver trademark assurance and provide accreditation services to a global network of committed businesses, organizations and communities. FSC certification provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value. FSC is nationally represented in more than 50 countries around the world
Eighty percent of the planet’s original forests are now gone. In the Amazon we are losing 2,000 trees a minute, which is equal to seven football fields a minute. In the United States, we have less than 4% of our original forests left. Using FSC-certified wood protects the future of our forests. The preference for FSC is informed by sound scientific evidence that industrial forestry as practiced in the past and present has unacceptable costs, including the loss of key wildlife species such as grizzly bears, ruined water supplies, and rapidly eroding soils.
Health and / or Social Benefits
A major focus of FSC’s Social Policy Program is to make FSC certification more accessible and beneficial for small and low intensity managed forests (SLIMFs) and community-based forestry operations. Other key focus areas are certification issues related to forest workers and indigenous peoples.
Purchasing FSC wood may be a little more costly up front, but protecting from deforestation of the planet is an economic benefit for us all in the long run. An estimated annual cost of $6 billion dollars is necessary to reforest the 150 million hectares that need to be planted over the next decade alone to keep our planet healthy. Also, where there are ecological costs, there are bound to be social and economic costs, costs that are disproportionately borne by indigenous peoples and rural communities all over the world.
The Price of Salvation
The Guardian Website
World Forest Area Still on the Decline
Earth Policy Institute Website, August 2012