Forest Products Certification

With the launch of the SmartWood program in 1989, the Rainforest Alliance developed the world's first global forestry certification program and the first to rely on market forces to conserve forests. We are one of the founders of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), the most respected forestry standard-setter in the world. We've worked in over 70 countries and all forest types, with small businesses, indigenous communities, and Fortune 500 companies alike.

As of October 1, 2018, the Rainforest Alliance transitioned its certification business, including all related services, personnel and clients, to its long-time partner, Nature Economy and People Connected (NEPCon).  NEPCon is a non-profit organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a global network. It has been a partner with the Rainforest Alliance since 1999 and has been a member of the FSC© since 1996.

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