© FSC A.C.The name Forest Stewardship Council, the initials FSC and the FSC tick-tree logo are all registered trademarks and may not be used without prior authorisation. Unless you are a Trademark Licence Holder, if you are considering using the FSC trademarks in any way please contact us first. We take trademark misuse seriously to protect the credibility of the FSC system and of FSC certificate holders.
Only certified products may carry the FSC label, but the FSC trademarks are available for off product promotional, educational and press use under certain circumstances.
Please see below to find out how to gain permission to use the FSC trademarks.
There are three routes to obtaining approval to use the FSC Trademarks. Read through the information below and choose which applies to you:
1. FSC Chain of Custody certification
For a product to be claimed as being FSC certified (through a product label or sales documentation), there must be an unbroken chain of certified organisations covering every change in legal ownership of the product from the certified forest up to the point where the product is finished or sold to retail.
You will need Chain of Custody certification if you intend to do one or more of the following:
a) Pass on the FSC Claim to subsequent customers through sales and delivery documents
b) Apply the FSC label on-product
c) Process or transform FSC certified products. This includes manufacturing, repackaging, relabeling or adding other forest based components to the product
Further information on obtaining FSC chain of custody certification can be found here.
2. FSC Trademark Licence
An FSC Trademark Licence will allow you to use the FSC trademarks promotionally in catalogues, on websites and in marketing materials. However, you will not be able to apply the FSC label to any product or its packaging or pass FSC claims on through the supply chain.
Organisations can apply for a trademark licence if they are:
a) Retailers buying in finished and FSC labelled products from an FSC certified supplier and selling them on unchanged to end-users (e.g. the general public).
b) Businesses wishing to promote the FSC certified products used in their business activities.
c) Consultants or Print Managers wishing to promote FSC in their services.
Further information on obtaining an FSC trademark licence can be found here.
3. FSC Trademark Licence for Educational or Media Use
Permission to use the FSC trademarks is available for educational and media use under certain circumstances. Click here to contact FSC for further information.If you are unsure which route applies to you please use our flowchart or contact us.
Certification bodies provide certified companies with access to the FSC Trademark Portal where correct labels and promotional panels can be downloaded. If you have a chain of custody certificate and need access details for the portal, please contact your certification body directly. Contact details are available here.
You can access the portal by clicking here.
FSC certificate and licence holders can also use the FSC Forests for all Forever brandmark and associated assets available via the Marketing Toolkit. The Toolkit can be accessed using the same log in details as used for the Trademark Portal.