Frequently Asked Questions for Members

FSC AC / Geoff Howe


  1. What is the FSC general assembly?

    The FSC general assembly brings together hundreds of leaders and decision-makers from Indigenous Peoples, environmentalists, businesses, and many others that make up FSC’s membership to discuss a responsible future for the world’s forests, and the people and animals who inhabit them. Members propose key changes to FSC policies through submitting, discussing, and voting on motions. They also participate in discussions on a range of topics aimed at finding solutions. ​

  2. Who attends the general assembly?

    All international members from the three FSC chambers (social, environmental, and economic), FSC staff and stakeholders. The GA is an assembly of companies, environmental organizations, civil society groups and individuals that come together with the full decision-making power of the FSC membership.

  3. Why attend the general assembly?

    The general assembly is FSC’s highest decision-making body, where key decisions that support a responsible future for the world’s forests, and the people and animals who inhabit them are made.

    Attending the general assembly gives attendees the opportunity to participate in or observe these discussions as well as the chance to meet hundreds of leaders and decision-makers from around the world.

    Sponsorship opportunities are also available. See more.

  4. When does the general assembly take place?

    The general assembly typically takes place every three years. The original 2020 date was postponed, and the assembly split into two parts over 2021-2022:

    • Part one took place virtually in October 2021.
    • Part two will take place from 09-14 October 2022.
  5. What will happen at the general assembly?

    • Presentation and voting on the remaining 54 motions.
    • Side meetings on pre-determined topics. See the programme.
    • Conference with inspiring guest speakers.
    • Networking and relationship building.
    • See the programme for more detail on what to expect.


  6. What is a hybrid event?

    The 2022 FSC general assembly will take place as a hybrid event which will include an in-person event with virtual components. Participants can choose to attend the event in-person in Bali, Indonesia or attend parts of the programme virtually. View the programme for more information on the in-person and virtual components.


  1. Who can register? 

    FSC international members, FSC global staff, certificate holders, and other stakeholders.

  2. When does registration begin?

    Registration details are available on the registration page.

  3. Is there a cost to participate?

    Yes, Fees for attending the event can be found on the registration page.

  4. Can someone attend the General Assembly on your behalf?

    • You can ask an international FSC member to be your proxy, and they will be able to vote on your behalf.
    • An international member can be a proxy for up to five organizational members and unlimited individual members.
    • View more information on the proxy process here or view a full list of FSC International members here.


  1. What is the significance of motions at the general assembly?

    Motions are proposals that members have put forward to make a change within FSC. Motions are discussed and debated with the global membership before being voted on at the general assembly. Read more about motions here.

  2. How many motions have been submitted?

    • Sixty-three motions were submitted following discussion and consultation between members in 2020 and 2021.
    • Nine of these motions were discussed and voted on during 2021.
    • 54 motions remain for discussion and voting during 2022.  
    • Members’ can view a list of the motions on the FSC Members' Portal
  3. How will the prioritization of motions work?

    In 2022, two prioritization exercises will take place. 

    1. Motion discussion prioritization survey: A survey to prioritize policy motions for discussion prior to the general assembly in October 2022.

    2. Motion voting prioritization survey: A survey to prioritize the voting sequence of policy motions.

  4. Can we amend motions during the assembly?

    No. The deadline for amendment of the motions is 02 September 2022.

    See key dates here.


  1. Who can vote?

    FSC international members of good standing will be allowed to vote (members of good standing are those that have paid their membership fees prior to the general assembly).

  2. How do I vote for a motion?

    • FSC international members will receive an invitation to vote electronically.
    • The electronic ballot form will have the number and title of the motion as well as your membership details.
    • More details on the voting process can be found on the voting information page.