Built upon the principles of participation, democracy and equity

FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.  The FSC headquarters are in Germany.  There are three main levels of FSC governance: Members, the Board of Directors and the Director General - please see below for further information.

FSC UK is legally and financially independent of FSC international. FSC UK promotes the FSC system, sets forest management standards for the UK and provides an information service.  Click here for more information on the governance of FSC UK.


Members at the 6th FSC General Assembly in 2011 (© FSC A.C.)© FSC A.C.FSC is an international membership association, governed by its members. These members may be organizational – which means that they represent their institution or organization – or individual.

Members are from diverse backgrounds and include representatives of environmental and social non-governmental organizations, the timber trade, forestry organizations, indigenous people's organizations, community forestry groups, retailers and manufacturers, and forest certification organizations, as well as individual forest owners and interested parties.

Members apply to join one of three chambers – environmental, social and economic – which are further sub-divided into northern and southern sub-chambers. This guarantees that influence is shared equitably between different interest groups and levels of economic power.

Members voting at the 6th FSC General Assembly in 2011 (© FSC A.C.)© FSC A.C.Members can vote at the FSC General Assembly, which is FSC’s highest decision-making body. Every three years, members of the social, environmental and economic chambers of FSC come together to discuss a sustainable future for the world’s forests and the people who inhabit them. Motions are proposed by one member, and seconded by two more, voted on by members, weighted according to the north-south chamber structure.

The 7th FSC General Assembly took place in Seville Spain, from the 7th-14th September 2014. Find out more about the FSC General Assembly here.

Members also vote for the FSC Board of Directors (see below).

To find out how to become an FSC Member, click here.
For a list of UK-based FSC members, click here.
For a list of all FSC members worldwide, click here.

Board of Directors

FSC members vote for the FSC Board of Directors who are therefore accountable to the members. The FSC Board of Directors is made up of nine elected representatives, with three elected from each of the chambers for a three-year term. The FSC Board of Directors have the responsibility of monitoring the work of FSC, particularly that the motions passed at the General Assembly are being put forward.

Click here to find out more about the FSC Board of Directors.

Director General

Kim Carstensen, FSC Director General (© FSC A.C.)© FSC A.C.The FSC Director General leads the multicultural professional team at the FSC International Center in Bonn, Germany. In collaboration with the Global Network (worldwide FSC representatives e.g. FSC UK), the Director General runs FSC on a day-to-day basis.

Kim Carstensen was appointed FSC Director General in 2012 and started on October 1st 2012. Andre de Freitas served as FSC Director General for five years prior to Kim Carstensen.

Click here to read WWF's interview with FSC's Director General in October 2012.

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