Built upon the principles of Participation, Democracy and Equity

FSC GovernanceFSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.

The FSC headquarters are in Germany. and there are three main levels of FSC governance: Members, the Board of Directors and the Director General.


Members at the 6th FSC General Assembly in 2011 (© FSC A.C.)© FSC A.C.FSC is a democratic organisation that is governed by its members. Members apply to join one of three chambers: environmental, social or economic, which are further sub-divided into northern and southern sub-chambers.

Voting is weighted to ensure that each chamber and sub-chamber gets an equal say. This guarantees that influence is shared equitably between different interest groups and levels of economic power. FSC brings together, among others, environmental and social NGOs, timber traders, forestry and indigenous peoples’ organisations, retailers, manufacturers and interested individuals.

Our members contribute directly to upholding a system which ensures that the harvest of forest products is balanced with maintaining the biodiversity, productivity and ecological stability of forests, and that local people get a fair share of the benefits.

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.

FSC General Assembly

The General Assembly of members, held every three years, is FSC's highest decision-making body. It brings together FSC members and stakeholders from around the world, who participate in a unique and democratic forum.

All FSC members are invited to attend and vote at the FSC General Assembly as well as to formulate and submit motions. It is in this dynamic environment where valuable concerns and constructive criticism are brought into a forum; different stakeholders work together in an equitable way to make important strategic decisions that define the future of FSC.

Board of Directors

FSC members vote for the FSC Board of Directors who are 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.

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