An easy-to-use set of examples to engage stakeholders

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is the world’s most trusted sustainable forest management solution: FSC is the leading catalyst and defining force for improved forest management and market transformation, shifting the global forest trend toward sustainable use, conservation, restoration, and respect for all.

This new guidance outlines an easy-to-use set of examples to engage stakeholders for those looking to get FSC certified or those already certified. FSC members and other stakeholders can also apply this guidance towards their stakeholder engagement practices.

Through its normative framework, FSC has established a set of stakeholder engagement requirements to ensure that the mission of promoting environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests is realized. This requires the engagement of the diverse breadth of stakeholders, whether it is through members, certificate holders, certification bodies, surrounding communities, Indigenous Peoples and more. The FSC Guidance for Stakeholder Engagement uses a three-step approach to outline how to map and engage relevant stakeholders.

This guidance was developed as a result of Motion 27/2014.: Expert review of the stakeholder engagement processes for certificate holders and production of clear guidance for certificate holders and stakeholders with the collaboration of many experts, partners and certificate holders.

Document title

FSC-GUI-30-011 – Guidance for Stakeholder Engagement | Guidance Document (GUI) | V(1-0)


This guidance was prepared by:

  • Riccardo Da Re, Etifor
  • Nicola Andrighetto, Etifor
  • Jacopo Giacomoni, Etifor

With many thanks to:
Michal Brink, Elena Shumilova, Elmar Gruber, Nicola Dal Maso, Erik Leslie, Juan Anzieta, Francisco Javier Rodríguez Aspillaga, Augusto Fernando Robert Schwerter, Margarita Celis, Simon Cook, M. Jasin, Tatiana Yanitskaya, Wicki Nielsen, Hamish Crawford, Larry Nall