Is the Forest Stewardship Council going to stay ‘fit for purpose’ for this century?

By Grant Rosoman, Global Forests Solutions Senior Advisor, Greenpeace International
October 31, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Grant Rosman

Held every three years, the General Assembly (GA) is supposed to be the top Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) platform for decision-making. The idea is that members of the three FSC chambers — social, environmental, and economic — come together to shape the future of the certification system by discussing and voting on motions that fundamentally affect the way FSC is run. But is that really still the case? Reflecting on the recent General Assembly in Vancouver, held earlier this month, has me questioning whether FSC is going to stay fit for purpose for this century, or whether it is going to be held back by misguided economic self-interest.

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