Sourcing FSC

Using the FSC Supplier Database While there are more than 1,000 FSC-certified building products suppliers across North America, it is not always easy to find particular products in stock or available for delivery in under 4 weeks. To make sourcing easier, FSC - in conjuction with the Northwest Natural Resource Group - curated a database of top FSC building products suppliers in North America. The list includes type of products available, sales contact information, and whether the product is in stock, available for 4-week delivery, or custom. See our expert tips on specifying FSC in building projects below the search area on this page. 

Expert Tips

  • Specify FSC in project performance requirements
  • Include Chain-of-Custody* documentation as submittal requirement (*Unique to FSC in forest certification, chain of custody verifies that FSC-certified material has been identified and separated from non-certified material as it makes its way along the supply chain, from forest all the way through to final product. It provides assurance that the material originated from a well-managed forest.)  

Sample Specification Verbiage You Can Use:

[Product Name] shall be Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. As proof, provide vendor invoices for the product that include the vendor’s FSC Chain-of-Custody code and a valid FSC claim (e.g., FSC 100%, FSC Mix [XX]%, FSC Mix Credit). Pricing can be blacked out. Vendors are defined as those companies that sell products to the project contractor or subcontractors.  

More Tips

  • Communicate to contractors and subcontractors early and be sure they understand why using FSC is key to maximizing project value
  • Begin researching product availability in the design phase; use standard (not custom) dimensions for wood materials specified
  • Note some suppliers will sell in any quantity, whereas others may sell only in large quantities  


Ask for Help Can’t find what you need? Contact FSC-US at info@us.fsc.org or FSC-Canada info@ca.fsc.org