Non-governmental organizations, timber users and traders in effort to change the dialogue about the practice of sustainable forestry worldwide created the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FSC set forth principles, criteria, and standards that span economic, social, and environmental concerns. The FSC standards represent the world’s strongest system for guiding forest management toward sustainable outcomes. Like the forestry profession itself, the FSC system includes stakeholders with a diverse array of perspectives on what represents a well-managed and sustainable forest. While the discussion continues, the FSC standards for forest management have now been applied in over 57 countries around the world.
FSC refined the Montréal process C&I to create ten criteria and 57 indicators.