The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization founded in 1993 to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.
It is an association of Members consisting of a diverse group of representatives from environmental and social groups, the timber trade and the forestry profession, indigenous people's organizations, community forestry groups and forest product certification organizations from around the world. Membership is open to all who are involved in forestry or forest products and share its aims and objectives.
An Executive Director and a highly trained staff run FSC on a day-to-day basis from a head office in the city of Bonn, Germany. It is controlled by an elected Board, which consists of people from industry, conservation groups, indigenous people's representatives and others.