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FSC Implements New Welfare Standards

FSC Implements New Welfare Standards

"Putting an end to child labour, forced labour, discrimination in the workplace and restrictions on freedom of association, and the right to collective bargaining."


FSC® have taken an important step in strengthening its standards relating to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Core Conventions and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at work (1998) with the approval of the generic criteria and indicators last August. This move enables FSC to secure its place as the world’s most robust certification scheme for Forest Management and Chain of Custody for forest products.

Four generic criteria with their indicators have been defined. These refer specifically to:

  • The effective abolition of child labour
  • The elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour
  • The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation, and freedom of association
  • The effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining


The four criteria with their indicators will be incorporated in the applicable normative documents (National Forest Stewardship standards, Interim National Standards, Chain of Custody standard, Controlled Wood standards).

More information can be found in the FSC Newsroom. We will keep our readers posted as this project develops.