The Forest Stewardship Council® label is one of the best-known international sustainability labels for responsible forest management. FSC is widely recognised and is therefore often required by clients as a compulsory prerequisite. FSC is also recognised by international systems such as BREEAM and LEED. In addition, an FSC certificate contributes to meeting the requirements of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR).
The Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification is the world's largest certification for sustainable forest management. Worldwide, hundreds of millions of hectares of forest are PEFC certified. Government agencies, the LEED system and other clients accept PEFC certified material in their assignments.
The oceans are home to an extraordinary variety of life. Much of this life is essential to human livelihoods and food security. The Marine Stewardship Council strives to maintain healthy fish stocks in the world and for the future. It is internationally the most recognizable label for sustainable wild-caught fish. Seafood is also covered by MSC certification.
Nowadays, worldwide more farmed than wild-caught fish is consumed. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is the largest independent label for sustainable fish farming. ASC has the ambition to make aquaculture an environmentally and socially responsible sector.
Palm oil can be found in countless products but is also notorious for deforestation of tropical rainforest. Large areas that were once covered with primeval forest are still being converted to palm oil plantations, often without consulting the local communities. Workers' rights are also regularly violated. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) wants to counter these practices by stimulating trade in sustainable palm oil.