FSC® stands for Forest Stewardship Council. They are a third party certification organization who assess those who manage the care of forests. They look at how those managing the care of a forest are complying with federal law and international agreements relating to the rights of indigenous peoples, enhancing the long-term social and economic well being of workers and surrounding communities, and conserving the biological diversity, water, soil and ecosystems surrounding the forest. The FSC® also requires a Management Plan . It must describe the scale and intensity of logging and renewal operations as well as the long-term objectives and monitoring of the forest, making sure that what is cut down is being replanted. If all the criteria of the FSC® are met by the management of the forest, then the forest will receive an FSC® Certification. Paper made from wood taken from FSC® certified trees is given the FSC® Certification as well. FSC® Certified paper does NOT have anything to do with the paper being recycled, but that it was derived from trees from a well managed forest.