The FSC trademarks provide a guarantee to consumers that the products they buy come from responsible sources.
The FSC trademarks enable consumers to choose products that support forest conservation, offer social benefits, and enable the market to provide an incentive for better forest management. The FSC trademarks are thus essential to the whole FSC system.
The name Forest Stewardship Council® (registered number 1313897), the acronym FSC® (registered number 1313895) and the checkmark-and-tree FSC Logo (registered number 1313901) are all registered trademarks which may not be used without prior authorization.
Only certified products may carry the FSC on-product label. Trademarks are how we protect the credibility of the FSC system and of FSC certificate holders. The FSC logo is available for non-product related promotional, educational and press use under certain circumstances.
Please see the scenarios below to determine if you are eligible to use the logo and what steps you need to take to use any FSC trademarks.
Ways to use the Logo
There are three ways in which you apply to use the FSC logo:
1. Become FSC Certified
If you are FSC Certified, contact your certification body who can provide you with access.
If you manufacture, transform or take legal ownership of a product you are required to obtain FSC certification to use the logo - please click here for information on how to become certified.
2. Apply for an FSC Trademark Service Licence.
Companies purchasing packaged and labelled FSC certified products from an FSC certified supplier, and selling only to end users can apply for an FSC Trademark Service Licence. More information about the FSC Trademark Licence can be found here.
3. Seek approval for One-time Use
Media, academia, and other public institutions:
-Are only allowed informational use of FSC trademarks;
-Can incorporate the logo into articles that discuss FSC, research etc.;
-Must register with their local FSC trademark service provider and obtain pre-approval for each use.
Need more information, take a look at our FAQs below.
Want to use the FSC logo? Take a look at our list of scenarios below,
Are you a non-profit organisation with no commercial trade that wishes to promote your involvement in FSC?
If yes, You are eligible for an FSC Trademark Service license and can apply for a license to promote your involvement in FSC.
Are you a consultant or commercial organisation offering training in the FSC systems that wants to use the FSC trademarks?
If yes, You are eligible for an FSC Trademark Service license and can apply for a license to promote your training in and consultancy on FSC systems.
Are you a media organisation or are you an organisation wishing to use the trademarks for educational or research purposes?
If yes, you are not required to get a trademark service license to use the FSC trademarks. FSC can provide you with the FSC trademarks on request.
Do you manufacture, process or take legal ownership of any forest-based materials and want to put the FSC logo on your products?
If yes, You are not eligible for a trademark service license but need to be FSC certified to use the FSC trademarks. The first step to becoming Contact one or several FSC accredited certification bodies (auditor) to give you an estimate regarding cost and time needed. You will need to provide some basic information about your operations. You can find a list of accredited certification bodies here.
Are you an FSC certified company (FSC certificate holder)?
If yes, you are not eligible for a trademark service license because you have permission to use the logo through your FSC Certification. Contact
your certification body to get information on how to require and use the FSC trademarks.
Do you sell FSC certified products to end users and want to promote this?
If yes, you can become an FSC Retail Supporter. Click here to learn more about why and how to join.
We are FSC certified - how do we use the FSC logo?
Your certification body provides you with log-in details for the FSC Trademark Portal from where you can access the FSC Trademarks.
Click here to access the FSC Trademark Portal.
Click here to view contact details for FSC Certification Bodies.
Click here for general information on how to use the FSC on-product label.
Reporting misuse of the FSC Logo
It is essential that FSC’s credibility is maintained. FSC works to ensure that its trademarks are used correctly. If you suspect that the FSC label is being misused, please report this immediately to trademarks at au.fsc point org.