Membership Process and Requirements Checklist
Why Become an FSC Member?
Like other mission-driven, non-profit organizations, FSC is membership-based. At FSC, we take it a step further and are membership-governed. FSC relies on the diversity of our members to give us voice, balance and integrity.
In fact, FSC members are fundamental to the entire FSC enterprise and vision. Without a diverse and active membership representing social, environmental and business interests, FSC could not set the high yet realistic standards for forest management that have made FSC the world’s leading forest certification system.
But not all FSC certificate holders and environmental and social stakeholders are members. Many simply do not realize that membership is an option — nor how important it is for FSC’s success.
We need your participation as a member. The entire FSC system is built on the foundation of a strong and involved, three-chamber membership. With each new member, FSC becomes stronger and more grounded in true democracy. Please join us in our mission to see that more of the world’s forests are managed to FSC’s high environmental and social standards.
Reasons for becoming an FSC member:
- To show that you stand behind the mission and values of FSC — very important as FSC demonstrates the breadth and commitment of its diverse membership
- To show your peers that you or your organization or business support responsible management of the world’s forests — key to fulfilling your NGO’s mission or your company’s social and environmental commitments
- To give you an equal voice in governance and standards setting. As a member, you are eligible to sit on FSC-US and FSC-AC (International) Board of Directors, and you can vote policy motions at FSC’s General Assembly, the main forum for FSC decision-making
- To join a network of progressive peers who want to help “change the world” through the power of the marketplace.
Please — join FSC and play a key role in improving forest management in the United States and around the world!