Who we are and how we work
The Forest Stewardship Council is an international association of members consisting of a diverse group of representatives from environmental and social groups, the timber trade and the forestry profession, indigenous people's organisations, responsible corporations, community forestry groups and forest product certification organisations from around the world.
FSC has had a presence in Australia since 2001 when a contact person was appointed. In 2006, Responsible Forest Management Australia Limited was incorporated as a public company limited by guarantee (ABN 81 120 667 870) to promote FSC in Australia and seek accreditation as an FSC National Initiative. Responsible Forest Management Australia Limited (RFMA) trades as FSC Australia (Victorian business name registration number B1937608F). Its mission is to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of forests in Australia and countries supplying the Australian forest products market.
FSC has a unique governance structure that is built upon the principles of participation, democracy and equity. The governance structure of FSC Australia follows the standards set by FSC International, with members and directors split into three distinct chambers:
The Social Chamber
The Social Chamber includes non-profit, non-governmental organisations, indigenous peoples associations, unions as well as research, academic, technical institutions and individuals that have a demonstrated commitment to socially beneficial forestry. This means that they support forest management and believe in delivering forest products to the market in a way that does not infringe on the rights of other stakeholders.
The Environmental Chamber
The Environmental Chamber includes non-profit, non-governmental organisations, as well as research, academic, technical institutions and individuals that have an active interest in environmentally viable forest stewardship.
The Economic Chamber
The Economic Chamber includes organisations and individuals with a commercial interest. Examples are employees, certification bodies, industry and trade associations (whether profit or non-profit), wholesalers, retailers, traders, consumer associations, and consulting companies. Applicants with economic interests must have demonstrated active commitment to implementing FSC Principles and Criteria in their operations.
To find out more about FSC Australia, including current members, board members, staff information, or for a copy of the FSC Australia constitution, please follow the links below:
FSC Australia 5-Year Strategic Plan (2015-2020)
A copy of our Strategic Plan developed with FSC Staff, Board and Membership in 2015.
FSC Australia Board Members and Officers
A list of the current FSC Australia board members and staff, including contact information.
FSC Australia Members
A list of all our wonderful members who help maintain an FSC presence in Australia.
FSC Australia Institutional Documents
Access to FSC Australia specific institutional documents, including our constitution and conflict resolution procedures.