It began in 2002 when a small group of interested stakeholders embarked on an effort to establish a Malaysian presence for FSC – the FSC National Initiative.
A workshop on forest certification was jointly organized by the FSC, Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC), WWF-Malaysia, Tropical Forest Trust (TFT) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in 2000, with a primary aim to discuss opportunities for collaboration between FSC and MTCC (then known as the National Timber Certification Council, NTCC). Reviewing compatibility of MTCC’s existing forest management standards against the requirements of FSC was paramount.
Over the years, as FSC and MTCC eventually pursued separate paths, several interested stakeholders continued to maintain linkages with FSC. The mission remained the same – to establish a locally adapted FSC certification scheme available to the Malaysian forest industry.
WWF-Malaysia and the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) were key drivers of this reinvigorated initiative. Through their guidance, the 1st (FSC) Pro-tem National Working Group’s Planning Meeting was held in 2006 where WWF-Malaysia was appointed as the interim Secretariat; a role it held for five years until 2010.
In compliance with FSC requirements, a National Working Committee (NWC) was formed in 2007. Shortly after, it became a legal entity following endorsement from the Malaysian Registrar of Companies and was legally registered as Forest Stewardship (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. in 2007.
To oversee the start-up of this important initiative, MNS and WWF-Malaysia continued steering this process, including providing administrative oversight to the company.
In 2009, the company name changed to Forest Sustainability (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd, now better known as FSM.
On the 19th of November 2014, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) opens its door to sustainable forest management in Malaysia under FSM. Kim Carstensen, Director General of FSC International and then Interm Executive Director, Andrew Ng were amongst those present to officiate the official launch of FSC’s national office in Malaysia.