FSC Sectoral Chambers

Central to the way FSC operates is the recognition of different sectoral interests in forests – social, environmental and economic. The organisation’s constitution ensures that these interests have an equal say on policy issues decided at General Assemblies and by the Board of Directors.People with different interests are organised in the FSC system through sectoral chambers. Decision making is, wherever possible, by consensus. These processes ensure that no one sectoral interest controls FSC and that the system maintains its independence and credibility while finding solutions to conflict over forest issues.The concept of Sectoral Chambers is integral to the FSC. Prospective members should consider which chamber best reflects their role in dialogue regarding forest issues.There are three chambers into which membership is divided:

  • The Economic Chamber
  • The Environmental Chamber
  • The Social Chamber

The Economic Chamber

Membership of the Economic Chamber is open to persons, companies and organisations who principally have a commercial interest in forests, the production of forest products or the activities of FSC including:

  • forest management and forest product companies;
  • certification bodies;
  • industry association (whether for profit or not-for-profit);
  • wholesalers, retailers, traders, end-user and consulting companies;
  • academics and researchers with a commercial interest in forests;
  • employees, consultants and representatives of the above, and;
  • have demonstrated active commitment to implementing or promoting the FSC Principles and Criteria for responsible forest management.

The Environmental Chamber

Membership of the Environmental Chamber is open to persons, companies and organisations who:

  • Principally have an environmental interest in forests, the production of forest products or the activities of FSC including:
  • not-for-profit, non-government environmental organisations whose principal purpose is protection, preservation or conservation of the natural environment;
  • not-for-profit, non-government organisations whose principal interest is to promote or represent activities (such as bird watching or bush walking) and whose principal interest in FSC is the protection, preservation or conservation of the natural environment;
  • academics and researchers whose primary interest is the protection, preservation or conservation of the natural environment;
  • employees, consultants and representatives of the above; and
  • have demonstrated active commitment to implementing or promoting the FSC Principles and Criteria for responsible forest management.

The Social Chamber

Membership of the Social Chamber is open to persons, companies and organisations who:

  • Principally have a social or community interest in forests, the production of forest products or the activities of FSC including:
  • not-for-profit, non-government organisations of forest community organisations or community forest organisations;
  • organisations of indigenous people;
  • trade unions and other organisations representing forest workers, workers fabricating or producing forest products or using forest products;
  • other not for profit, non-government organisations whose principal interest is the social benefits of forests;
  • academics and researchers with a social interest in forests, the production or sale of forest products or FSC;
  • employees, consultants and representatives of the above, and;
  • have demonstrated active commitment to implementing or promoting the FSC Principles and Criteria for responsible forest management.
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