Press Release

Distinguished University Forests and Unique Innovator of FSC-certified cutlery, among FSC® Leadership Award Winners

SCS honors leaders in responsible forestry

FSC Awards

Third-party sustainability certification body SCS Global Services (SCS) is proud to announce award winners of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) 2021 Leadership Awards, which recognizes excellence in responsible forestry and the use of FSC certified products. Among 21 winners are three SCS certified organizations – Yale Forests, Swanton Pacific Ranch, and Ecotensil.

These organizations’ recognition ranges from responsible forests with longstanding certification and commitment to education about FSC in school forests – to unique products with FSC chain of custody certification that are challenging the way that we use materials, while contributing to a circular economy.

  • EcoTensil, Inc. for offering innovative cutlery to consumers and food retailers looking for a sustainable alternative to plastic cutlery.
  • Swanton Pacific Ranch at California Polytechnic State University for using their FSC-certified forest as a teaching tool for future generations of forestry professionals.
  • Yale Forests at The Forest School at Yale School of the Environment for 20 years of FSC certification at Yale-Myers Forest on lands they have stewarded for 100 years.

For the full list of award winners, visit

“SCS commends these organizations’ work toward responsible forestry,” said Maggie Schwartz, Managing Director of Forestry Services, SCS Global Services. “The impact is seen throughout our communities and in supply chains – From the forest side, it starts with educating youth about what responsible forestry looks like, and then maintaining FSC certification and committing to responsible forest management. Then down the line with chain of custody, we rely on organizations to source responsible forest products and contribute to a circular economy – thus further supporting the need for responsibly managed forests.”

“These awards represent the top-tier leaders that are committed to the values of FSC – a healthy and sustainable environment, social responsibility, biodiversity, and a strong economy,” said Chris McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, FSC US. “Congratulations to the 2021 award winners, whose recognition is well deserved.”

The awards were determined from a panel of judges, based on comparisons of all nominations received and in consideration of the overall FSC marketplace. To learn more about sustainable forestry certifications with SCS, visit

About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services is a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in climate mitigation, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, consumer products, and more. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, SCS has representatives and affiliate offices throughout the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Africa. Its broad network of auditors are experts in their fields, and the company is a trusted partner to companies, agencies and advocacy organizations due to its dedication to quality and professionalism. SCS is a chartered Benefit Corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. For more information, visit

About the Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of forests. FSC was created in 1993 to set the standards by which forests are certified, offering assurance to consumers and businesses that the wood and pulp products they buy originate from well-managed forests. 4,500 companies and nearly 160 million acres of forestland are certified under FSC in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit

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