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Monday, 11 September 2017
One Month Until the 2017 FSC General Assembly

FSC GA 2017 Video

September 11, 2017

As a member-led organization, the FSC General Assembly is our top decision-making body. Convened every three years, the GA offers an opportunity for members from around the world to propose motions, gather, debate and ultimately vote on the organization’s governance, policies and changes to standards.

This year, the 8th triennial FSC General Assembly will take place on October 8-13 in Vancouver, BC.

To learn more:
• View the promotional video and an informative video from the previous GA in Seville.
• View related news items.
• View the preliminary agenda, side meetings, and field trips.

Registration for the General Assembly is currently open.

To assist US-based members in preparing for the General Assembly, FSC US staff and the US Board of Directors will coordinate national chamber and cross-chamber conference calls, connect members with their global chamber dialogue, and further clarify motion priorities across the entire membership in the US, as a follow-up from the July 11 meeting of members based in the U.S.

Given the extensive integration between the forest products industry in the US and Canada, the 2017 FSC General Assembly offers an excellent opportunity for US-based stakeholders to engage with FSC members over a wide range of issues.

Stakeholders - including certified companies, NGOs, tribes, governments, and others - that are not yet members but are interested in learning more are invited to attend special events programming, including a reception and dinner on Tuesday, October 10. Please note, this option is only for stakeholders who are not yet members of FSC but interested in attending the General Assembly on October 10 to learn more about FSC. These stakeholders can register here.

FSC is also inviting companies with a public preference for FSC to sign “The Vancouver Declaration” in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and FSC certification, which will be launched at the General Assembly. With the Declaration, FSC is working to give forest owners a strong signal from the demand side of the market. Companies such as IKEA, Otto Group, and H&M have already signed on.

If you are interested in becoming a signatory, please contact Brad Kahn (

For more information about the FSC General Assembly, please visit the 2017 FSC General Assembly website for more information.