FSC Global Strategy 2021-2026

FSC Global Strategy 2021-2026

A global strategy fit for global challenges

FSC has taken steps to better connect what we do as an organization to the new challenges being faced in the world.

In 2020, the two-year process to update the FSC Global Strategy 2021-2026 was concluded.

Our new strategy reflects the roots of FSC: a strong commitment to promoting forest stewardship as a vital tool in enabling resilient forests to create environmental, social, and economic value and benefits.

Developing the strategy was a truly collaborative effort, drawing on our global network of partners and highlighting our multi-stakeholder governance system.

Led by the FSC International Board, we evaluated the lessons learned from our previous 2015-2020 strategy and convened a series of face-to-face and online meetings throughout 2019 and 2020 with FSC members, external advisers, regional experts and employees. Following two consultations and further analysis, the strategy was published in November 2020.

Rather than develop a prescribed list of actions, the new five-year strategy will enable the collaborative co-creation of solutions that respond to emerging challenges and opportunities. This allows us to continue to be relevant in a time of uncertainty.

The FSC Global Strategy 2021-2026 includes three interlinked strategies, 12 goals and 24 intended outcomes that will enable FSC’s ambitions to be more relevant to global agendas. By growing our reach to 300 million hectares of FSC-certified area by 2026, for example, we will demonstrate the value and benefits of forest stewardship for a wider pool of stakeholders, especially Indigenous Peoples and smallholders.

FSC has come a long way since it was established more than 25 years ago. The FSC Global Strategy 2021-2026 reflects our ambition to promote innovation, co-creation and the use of technology to expand entrepreneurship and access to finance that will accelerate business and local forest solutions now and in the future.

Process Overview

How the Global Strategy 2021 - 2026 was developed

Discussions and recent literature have reflected that a strategy document should set direction for the organisation, but not be perspective on the planned activities. In order to be relevant in a time of uncertainty, the strategy should enable opportunities to co-create adapted solutions that respond to emerging challenges and opportunities - as opposed to a detailed and prescribed list of actions and issues to tackle. This has inspired the change towards the name 'Global Strategy' instead of a Global Strategic Plan (formerly known as GSP).

  • 2014

    The FSC General Assembly mandated the FSC International Board of Directors to develop and approve the FSC Global Strategic Plan 2015-2020 (Motion 84/2014) while consulting and engaging with FSC members throughout the process.

  • 2015

    The FSC Global Strategic Plan was approved by the FSC International Board of Directors – and released in October 2015. The process included extensive consultation with FSC members, staff and stakeholders.

  • 2018

    The FSC International Board decided to initiate the update of the Global Strategic Plan as part of the preparation process towards the 2020 General Assembly – to make it an effective six-year cycle as specified in motion 84/2014.

  • 2019

    The first draft of the updated Global Strategy (2021–2026) was refined by the Board and sent for a 60-day public consultation until 26 February 2020.

  • 2020

    The second draft of the updated Global Strategy (2021–2026) was sent for a 30-day public consultation from 4 September until 4 October 2020.

  • The FSC Global Strategy 2021-2026 was approved by the FSC International Board of Directors in their 86th meeting on 16-20 November 2020 and released to FSC members and stakeholders.