Economic impacts of FSC Certification
Profitability and sustainability in responsible forestry: Economic impacts of FSC certification on forest operators
A new WWF study offers much needed insights into the economic impacts of FSC certification on forest operators.
Through primary research on 11 forestry entities operating across four continents, the report finds that the financial benefits of FSC tend to outweigh the costs for tropical forest producers and small- and medium-enterprises, groups that are key players in the forest products sector and play an important role in managing forests sustainably.
On average, the companies earned an extra US$ 1.80 for every cubic meter of FSC-certified roundwood or equivalent, over and above any new costs, while requiring on average six years to break even on their FSC investment.
This study can aid forest operators, as well as their financiers and donors, analyze individual projects, thereby facilitating more efficient allocation of resources.