© FSC UKThe 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. If you don't hold and FSC trademark licence, but and 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.
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.
Retailers who buy finished, FSC labelled products from an FSC certified company and sell these on, unchanged, to end-users may apply to FSC for a trademark licence to enable them to use the FSC trademarks to promote these products. Similarly, organisations that use, but do not sell, FSC certified products within their business can apply for a trademark licence to promote this, e.g. companies who have sourced FSC certified office paper or furniture.
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:
1. FSC Chain of Custody certification
© FSC A.C.FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification ensures that FSC materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing, so customers purchasing products sold with FSC claims can be confident that they are genuinely FSC certified. Any company involved in the processing or transformation of FSC certified products must be FSC certified in order to apply an FSC Label to their products and/or sell them with an FSC claim.
You will need Chain of Custody certification if you intend to do one or more of the following:
- Pass on the FSC Claim to subsequent customers through sales and delivery documents
- Apply the FSC label to a product
- Process or transform FSC certified products, which 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
© FSC ICAn FSC Trademark Licence will allow you to use the FSC trademarks promotionally in catalogues, on websites and in marketing materials. 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:
- Retailers buying in finished and FSC labelled products from an FSC certified company selling them on unchanged to end-users (e.g. the general public).
- Businesses wishing to promote their use of FSC certified products in their business activities.
- 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 Use
FSC Accredited Certification bodies provide certified companies with access to the FSC Trademark Portal where correct labels and promotional panels can be downloaded. If you have an FSC 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.
Forests For All Forever™ Marketing Toolkit
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.