The FSC Trademarks
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) trademarks are used to identify products made with timber from well-managed forests or from recycled material. The FSC logo, the name Forest Stewardship Council and the acronym FSC are all registered trademarks and there are strict controls on their use.
Every link in the supply chain, from forest to end product, is monitored by the FSC Chain of Custody system. Independent certification bodies audit FSC certified forests, sawmills, manufacturers, printers and distributors to ensure the integrity of the system and the correct use of the FSC trademarks.
Who can apply for an FSC Trademark Licence?
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 licence to promote this, e.g. companies who have sourced FSC certified office paper or furniture.
If you do not meet the requirements above e.g. if you label or manufacture products, you will need to hold FSC certification, which can be obtained through a certification body or a group scheme. Please click here for more information on FSC certification.
Permission to use the logo is available without a trademark licence or certification under certain circumstances such as for non-product related promotional, educational and press use. Please contact FSC UK for more information.
Applying for a Trademark Licence
This is a straightforward process and gives your customers the assurance that each FSC product you sell has been verified by us.
In order to apply for a trademark licence, you should contact your local Trademark Service Provider: FSC UK trademark at fsc-uk point org is the Trademark Service Provider for the UK.
Each licence holder is issued with a unique licence number, copies of the FSC promotional panel, the FSC logo and full guidelines for the use of the FSC trademarks.
The Application Process
Please contact trademark at fsc-uk point org for an application form.
As part of the application process we will also ask you to provide proof that the products you wish to promote are FSC certified and have come directly from an FSC certified supplier. We need to do this because many suppliers sell both FSC and non-FSC products.
The proof should be in the form of an invoice from your certified supplier(s), stating the FSC products being supplied, their associated FSC claim(s) and the certificate number of the supplier. Financial information can be blacked out. If invoices are not available, a letter from your supplier(s) may be acceptable. Invoices or letters will be required for any new FSC products to be promoted.
Using the Trademark Licence
You can use your Trademark Licence to include the FSC trademarks in brochures, point of sale materials, on websites and in press releases.
Artwork should be designed in line with the guidelines and a draft version submitted to FSC UK for approval. Evidence must be submitted for each new FSC certified product. As a registered Trademark Service Provider, FSC UK can approve trademark use and help with questions. You should also ask us to check any other text about FSC, such as press releases or articles in newsletters or annual reports.
Under certain circumstances, organisations with a good proven track record may be granted self-approval status, allowing a named individual within the organisation to approve their own trademark use. In such situations, FSC UK will undertake regular checks to ensure compliance with the FSC standards.
Note: You cannot use your trademark licence to make labels which are actually attached to products. All FSC labels must be applied by a Chain of Custody certificate holder. However, you may arrange with them to have packaging which includes an FSC label made to your design. This will then need approval by their Certification Body.
The standard for non-certified trademark licence holders is: FSC-STD-50-002 V1-0 Requirements for promotional use of the FSC trademarks by uncertified trademark licensees, which can be downloaded at the top of this page.
Trademark licence holders are issued with a promotional panel which includes their unique licence number, the FSC web address and the strap-line “The Mark of Responsible Forestry“. This panel should be included on any material or website promoting FSC products. If FSC is explained within the text, the strap-line may be omitted.
Individual products can be identified using the FSC logo or acronym, as long as all the elements of the promotional panel are included elsewhere within the document or website. If space is limited, the promotional panel does not have to be used as shown above, but the various elements must be included.
There is an annual fee for the administration of the trademark licence. Fees are calculated on a scale from £90 to £750 per annum based primarily on the estimated workload to FSC UK. A proven track record in the correct use of the trademarks could reduce the annual charge. An element of the fee is used to police the use of the FSC trademarks by organisations operating outside the FSC system.
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