Annual Report 2018

This is our journey

We are on a journey, working with our members, employees and other stakeholders, to deliver against a range of key commitments for 2020 and beyond. 

This report provides an overview of what we have achieved in 2018 as we work towards the goals set out in the FSC Global Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

It includes a range of stories that showcase our success, as well as the bold steps we are taking to continuously improve our system for the good of our members and the world at large.

Our mission

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



 A new forest paradigm realized.

 The true value of forests is recognized and fully integrated into society worldwide.



 Increased focus on outcomes

Empowerment of people

Mission advancement through alliances

User orientation



Strengthening our framework and governance

Increase the market value of FSC

Transform the way we work

Our strategies

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Framework and governance

Streamline standards, increase consistency, improve governance and develop new forest solutions.

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Increasing market value

Rapidly expand consumer preference, overcome market barriers and create new market opportunities.Rapidly expand consumer preference, overcome market barriers and create new market opportunities.

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The way we work

Globally align functions, deliver world-class service and promote institutional knowledge.

Our highlights

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Putting the ‘green’ in greengrocer

German retailers increase commitment to FSC

This is how we’re supporting smallholders

Find out how our New Approaches project is helping smallholders engage with FSC
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A new study by conservationists

Healthy jaguar populations recorded in FSC-certified concessions

Words of welcome

Kim Carstensen

Director General, FSC

Frank Harnischfeger

Chief Operating Officer, FSC


Hans Djurberg

Chair, FSC, International Board of Directors


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Special thanks

We extend our thanks to the following partners for their ongoing support during 2018. Our work in promoting responsible management of the world’s forests would not have been possible without:


Aeon Mail

Bayrische Motoren Werke AG - BMW

Commission de Forets d'Afrique Centrale represented by Programme de Promotion de I'Exploitation Certifiee des Forets (COMIFAC/PPECF)

Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)

Domtar Corporation


P.T. Faber-Castell Indonesia

Fondazione Cariplo

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FLEGT Programme

Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong) Limited

Google LLC

Heavenly Blush - Nutrifood Indonesia

HERO Group

IKEA Supply AG

P.T. Indosal Jaya Mandiri

Instituto Brasileiro de Árvores (IBA)

International Paper

ISEAL Innovations Fund

Kimberly-Clark Professional

Lenzing Fibers (Hong Kong) Limited

Man Sang Envelope Manufacturing Company Limited

Microsoft Corporation

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Mondi plc

North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action

Officeworks Ltd

Peter and Mary Russo Family Foundation Inc

Precious Woods Holding Ltd

Rothenberg Ludden Trust


Sappi North America

Stora Enso Oy

Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition

The Swedish Postcode Foundation (Svenska Postkodstiftelsen)

T-Mobile US Inc

Tetra Pak India

P.T Tetra Pak Indonesia

UPM-Kymmene Corporation

UPM Raflatac (China) Co., Ltd 

US Forest Service International Programs

Wildlife Forever Fund

World Bank Group

WWF Netherlands

Individual and Anonymous Donors


FSC Investments & Partnerships (FSC I&P) is an FSC mission-supporting foundation for the global network of offices promoting responsible forest management. 

Led by the organization’s Chief Development Officer, Mark A. Smith, FSC I&P makes gifts and grants to FSC organizations worldwide. You can learn more here, where you can also make a personal donation, or connect with the team to discuss how you can support FSC’s mission.

FSC I&P is a non-profit, US tax exempt charitable organization (EIN 81-3385811) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.