The Forest Stewardship Council® is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC® is a pioneer forum where the global consensus on responsible forest management convenes and through democratic process effects solutions to the pressures facing the world’s forests and forest-dependent communities.

FSC® certification provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment, as well as providing ongoing business value. The FSC® label ensures that the forest products used are from responsibly harvested and verified sources.

City Forests was the first major forest owner in the South Island to achieve Forest Stewardship Council® certification and the Company is committed to maintaining FSC® certification of Forest Management (certificate # SGS-FM/COC-000549). This was first awarded in 2000, is rechecked every year, with full audits in 2005, 2010, 2015, and a fourth time in August 2020. 

FSC® was one of the first steps of the company’s strategy to add greater value to its business. The company continues to improve its knowledge and management of environmental, heritage, and cultural issues with its forests.