The Forest Stewardship Council

About The FSC

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-profit organisation founded in 1993 to develop standards by which responsible forest practice can be measured.

FSC certification is internationally recognised as the most rigorous environmental and social standard for responsible forest management.

The FSC ensures that environmental, social and economic needs are balanced, and that long-term forest management plans are implemented.

FSC-Certified Forests:

  • Protect wildlife habitats and endangered species.
  • Ensure clean water by respecting rivers and waterways.
  • Are not planted with genetically modified (GM) trees, or converted into plantations, and pesticide use is reduced.
  • Respect and value the rights of Indigenous peoples and communities.

FSC Paper


Post-consumer reclaimed material includes wood and/or wood fibre that has been reclaimed from a product after that product has been used for its intended end-use purpose by individuals or businesses.

Mixed Sources

Products with a Mixed Sources label support the development of responsible forest management worldwide. The wood comes from FSC certified well-managed forests, company controlled sources and/or post-consumer reclaimed material.

Controlled wood is not FSC certified, but is controlled by the company to exclude:

  • Wood from forest areas where traditional or civil rights are violated.
  • Wood from forests where high conservation values are threatened.
  • Wood from genetically modified (GM) trees.
  • Illegally harvested wood.
  • Wood from natural forests which have been harvested for the purpose of converting the land to plantations or other non-forest use.

There are five variations of the FSC “Mixed Sources” label. For more information please refer to

Products with a 100% FSC label come from forests certified as meeting the environmental and social standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

For information on choosing recycled content office paper and printing paper, see the ‘Know your paper’ and ‘Know your printing paper’ guides published by the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change here.

For a hard copy of the guides, which includes paper samples, please contact the DECC on (02) 8837 6000.

Read some great tips on how to reduce your paper usage.

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