SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals


We are a global platform for partnerships around sustainable use of forest products


A successful sustainable development agenda requires collaboration between governments, the private sector and civil society. Inclusive partnerships built upon shared principles, values, vision and goals which place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.


FSC’s composition and operation contributes in particular to promotion of civil society partnerships and thereby goal 17. FSC is governed by three chambers with equal vote and power to make decisions. The three chambers represent environmental, economic and social interests. Interdependence between the chambers often leads to collaboration that can range from administrative connections, joint training and management activities and development projects supported by business.


FSC supports legal and commercially viable forest management practices, which contribute to increasing national incomes through fees and taxes. FSC assists in the implementation of timber legality legislation in the USA, the European Union and Australia. The legislation aims to close down markets for illegally harvested timber, which can contradict sustainable development. FSC also assists in improving the image of tropical timber in Northern markets, where consumers are concerned about the negative environmental and social impacts of producing such timber



FSC forest management requirements and FSC features that contribute to goal 17 Partnerships for the goals:

  • FSC’s three chamber governance model
  • FSC’s diverse membership FSC’s multi-stakeholder approach and collaboration
  • FSC’s Chain-of-Custody standards


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