FSC Verified Impact

Highlight the value of your commitment to responsible forestry

Be recognised for your commitment to responsible forestry with FSC Verified Impact (formerly Ecosystem Services Claims). This pioneering solution empowers you to communicate how you’re making a measurable difference in the fight against some of the biggest challenges of our time, including climate change and biodiversity loss.

Karen Paterson, Forests & Ecosystem Services Manager
Cwmcarn forest (c) FSC UK_Robert Greenaway

The UK’s forests and woodlands provide a range of ecosystem services, from purifying water, maintaining soil health, and storing carbon, to providing recreation services. Both within the UK and globally, these services are essential to our health and wellbeing, and to the economy, with their value estimated at £3.3 billion for the UK in 2017 (ONS, 2020).

It’s easy to measure the economic value of forest products, but the other vital services provided by forests can be harder to quantify. The FSC ecosystem services procedure builds on FSC forest management certification by providing forest managers and owners with a framework for protecting these benefits and scientifically measuring the impacts of their efforts. Impacts can be verified for biodiversity conservation, storing carbon, purifying water, regenerating soil, and providing recreation.

Impacts can be verified for the following ecosystem services: Biodiversity, Carbon, Water, Soil, Recreation


How can you use FSC Verified Impact?

  1. How can forest managers and owners use FSC Verified Impact?

    Once impacts are verified by an FSC-accredited certification body, FSC Verified Impact helps forest managers and owners to quantify the intangible value of their forest with third-party validation. This data can be shared with stakeholders, showing the real-world impact of their responsible forestry practices. It can also be used to attract investments, sponsors, and other rewards for maintaining services that are not recognised by traditional markets.

    We can support forest managers and owners by providing guidance on the process of verifying impacts, finding investors and sponsors, and exploring potential new market rewards.

    For more information, see our guidance document (available to download below), and the FSC International website.

  2. How can businesses use FSC Verified Impact?

    FSC Verified Impact enables organisations to financially sponsor responsible forestry projects, that make a real difference in the fight against climate change, biodiversity loss, and other global challenges.

    They can also be used by retailers and other companies to promote FSC 100% products from forests with verified ecosystem services impacts.

    In return, organisations receive third-party data verifying the positive impact of their investments and their contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    FSC Verified Impact Roadmap. 1 - Forest Managers commit to protect or restore vital ecosystem services. In collaboration with FSC and third-party certification bodies, they collect scientific data verifying the impact of their efforts.2 – and businesses volunteer to sponsor forest managers and their initiatives that need financial support to ensure the long-term viability of their projects. 3 -Your business receives clear, verifiable evidence quantifying the impact of your sponsorship. 4 - Share your verified impact data. These results show your customers, employees, and investors that you’re backing up your sustainability promises with actions that make a measurable difference.

    For more information, see the FSC International website.

Meet the community restoring their temperate rainforest for biodiversity and recreation

Ecosystems Services Procedure and Guidance

Ecosystem Services Procedure: Impact Demonstration and Market Tools (FSC-PRO-30-006 EN V1-2)
PDF, Size: 1.03MB
Guidance for Demonstrating Ecosystem Services Impacts (FSC-GUI-30-006 V1-1)
PDF, Size: 3.36MB